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  1. Good evening

    Right then, that's it from another Sportsday. 

    Can Sam Allardyce get Sunderland back on track? Does Rafael Benitez still have a job? 

    Find out over here.

  2. Is Rafa's Real role safe?


    First on the agenda for tonight's live football coverage though, will be the Real Madrid press conference, scheduled by club president Florentino Perez for 18:30 GMT. 

    Is Rafael Benitez's job as manager safe? And if so, for how long?

    There's only one man who's going to tell us (although I don't think Perez be too forthcoming on the latter question). 

    Rafael Benitez
    Image caption: Beaten 4-0 at home by Barcelona on Saturday, reports of a falling out with Cristiano Ronaldo... It's not looking rosy at Real
  3. Coming up...

    Crystal Palace v Sunderland (20:00 GMT)

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Don't forget we've got live text commentary and BBC Radio 5 live coverage of Crystal Palace's home match with Sunderland still to come this evening. 

    Kick off is at 20:00 GMT, but you can join Gary Rose from 18:15 right here.

    Graphic illustrating Crystal Palace's strong start to the season
    Graphic illustrating amount of late goals between Sunderland and Crystal Palace
  4. Rocket Ronnie plots return


    Ronnie O'Sullivan

    After deciding not to defend his UK Championship title in York, Ronnie O'Sullivan says he's planning to make his return to the snooker tour in January.

    Speaking at a Snooker Legends event in Romania at the weekend, O'Sullivan announced he was looking to play at the Masters at London's Alexandra Palace.

    The five-times World Champion hasn’t played in a ranking event since the World Championship in April. 

  5. Birmingham still searching for striker


    Birmingham City failed in a bid to sign a striker to cover for injured top-scorer Clayton Donaldson but will carry on looking says boss Gary Rowett.

    Jamaica international Donaldson, 31, hurt his groin playing for his country last Wednesday and is unlikely to return for Blues this year.

    "Between now and Thursday we will try unbelievably hard to get another player in," Rowett told BBC WM 95.6.

    "I tried to get someone but we couldn't quite get that right player in."

    Gary Rowett
    Image caption: I'm still available, Gary
  6. James set for Great Britain return

    Track cycling

    Two-time world champion Becky James is set to represent Great Britain for the first time in almost two years at next week's Track World Cup in New Zealand.

    The 23-year-old made her track comeback in August after 18 months out because of a knee injury and cancer scare.

    James, who last rode for Britain at the 2014 World Championships, is joined by Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes in the squad in Cambridge.

    The event, from 4-6 December, offers qualification points for Rio 2016.

    Becky James
  7. England close to victory...


    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    England are closing on victory against United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi... 

    You can listen to the closing stages of the Twenty20 match over on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra -click here for commentary.

  8. The Eagles or the Black Cats?

    Crystal Palace v Sunderland (20:00 GMT)

    Sunderland Allardyce quote

    Which do you fancy out of Crystal Palace and Sunderland tonight then? 

    Can Sam Allardyce turn Sunderland's fortunes around? Or will Alan Pardew's Eagles have too much at home?

    There's live text commentary and BBC Radio 5 live coverage to come this evening. 

    On the website, we're getting started at 18:15 GMT.

    Palace graphic
  9. Guess who's back?



    Former world heavyweight champion David Haye will announce on Tuesday he is to return to the ring after an absence of more than three years.

    Haye, who has not fought since he stopped fellow Briton Dereck Chisora in 2012, is to hold a news conference at London's O2 Arena at which his next opponent will also be present.

    The 35-year-old has been training with Shane McGuigan - son of former world champion Barry - and has indicated he wants to reclaim the world title he lost to Wladimir Klitschko in 2011.

    Full story here.

  10. We all like a question


    Think you know your trivia do you? 

    How well versed are you in all that is Jamie Vardy? 

    He's been causing such a stir, scoring all those Premier League goals and everything, that CBBC's Match of the Day Kickabout have put together a quiz. 

    Test yourself over here

    Jamie Vardy
  11. Pugh signs new Cherries deal


    Bournemouth winger Marc Pugh signs an extension to his contract with the Premier League club, committing until the summer of 2018.

    The 28-year-old, who joined the Cherries in 2010, has made 11 appearances since this season, scoring twice.

    Marc Pugh
  12. Feeling torn...



    Juventus attacking midfielderHernaneswill be sidelined for three weeks after scans revealed a tear in his right thigh.

    The Brazil international, already out of Wednesday's Champions League clash at home to Manchester City through suspension, suffered the injury in Saturday's 1-0 home win over AC Milan.

  13. Swing low sweet monster trucks?

    Rugby Union

    Twickenham residents are protesting against plans to host a monster truck festival at the home of English rugby.

    Monster Truck

    The Rugby Football Union has submitted an application to Richmond Council to hold the Monster Jam event at the stadium during each of the next two summers.

    Neighbours say the surrounding area will be filled with “noisy petrol heads” and “impromptu drag racing in the streets”.

    But would monster trucks do more damage at Rugby HQ than Wales and Australia during the recent World Cup?

  14. Should he stay or should he go?


    What's going to happen to Rafael Benitez then? His Real Madrid side were thrashed 4-0 at home to Barcelona on Saturday, and club president Florentino Perez has called a news conference for 18:30 GMT... 

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger spoke out in defence of Benitez earlier today, while Zinedine Zidane - the former France midfielder who manages Real's B team - has played down suggestions he's set to step up and take his place.

    You can follow the news conference right here on the BBC Sport website - we'll be bringing you live updates from 18:15.

    In the meantime, everything you need to know about what's been going wrong for Rafa is right over here.

    Rafael Benitez
  15. Thomas agrees deal for Cobblers


    Former Oxford United chairman Kelvin Thomas has reached an agreement to buy the controlling stake in League Two Northampton Town from David Cardoza.

    Cardoza had admitted to speaking with other parties last week, and Thomas cast doubt over whether his deal would go through.

    The club currently face both an administration and winding-up petition.

    The deal is subject to legal paperwork being completed, which is expected before Friday's administration hearing.

    Northampton Town

    Cobblers owe Northampton Borough Council £10.25m and HM Revenue & Customs £166,000 in unpaid tax.  

  16. Galatasaray set to appoint new manager


    Turkish club Galatasaray announce they have reached an agreement in principle with Mustafa Denizli to become their new manager.

    The 66-year-old has managed Gala twice before (1987-89,1990-92) and has also coached Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce and Besiktas.

    He will be replacing Hamza Hamzaoglu, who was fired on Wednesday, when former Brazil goalkeeper Taffarel wasput in temporary charge.

    Mustafa Denizli
  17. Interval in Abu Dhabi

    Commentary live on 5 live sports extra

    England closed on 174-6 in their 20 overs against the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi. 

    They'll see it as a slightly missed opportunity, though - after six overs, they were 82-0. From the last 14 overs, they made 92-6. 

    The only place for full coverage is on 5 live sports extra.

  18. Telford signs new deal


    England keeper Carly Telford has signed a new two-year deal at Notts County.

    Carly Telford

    Telford, 28, joined the club from Chelsea ahead of the 2014 season and was part of a side that lost both the FA Cup and Continental Cup finals this year.

    "We're two years old as a club and have achieved that so far," she said. "But of course, no one wants to be a loser so now it's about taking that to the next level."

  19. 'Hendry the man to beat in York'


    Seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry says fellow Scot John Higgins is the man to beat at this year's UK Championship in York.

    Hendry, who retired in 2012 and remains the most successful snooker player of all time with 36 ranking event wins, will be back in the BBC Sport commentary box for the 2015 tournament.

    And when the action gets under way on Tuesday, Hendry believes Higgins has the form and quality to succeed absent reigning champion Ronnie O'Sullivan.

    Snooker players in a line-up
  20. Laudrup turns down Denmark job



    Former Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has turned down the post as coach of Denmark, a Danish federation spokesman said on Monday.

    "Michael has terminated discussions because he doesn't think that the position of coach is the right one for him at the present time. He has personal reason," the spokesman said.

    Laudrup, 51, was a legend with the national team, scoring 37 goals in 104 games from 1982 to 1998.

    He is without a club since leaving the post of coach at Qatari side Lekhwiya last June.

  21. Southend complain over Oldham prices


    Southend United have issued a complaint to the Football League over ticket prices at Oldham Athletic for Tuesday night's League One match.

    Shrimpers fans are being asked to pay £22 but entry for home supporters is only £5 if bought in advance. 

    "I'm upset by the situation and I've made the Football League aware of it," Southend CEO Steve Kavanagh said.

  22. Bears welcome Bell return


    Ian Bell

    Batsman Ian Bell will be a "huge addition" for Warwickshire next summer if he is unable to regain his place in England's Test squad, according to director of cricket Dougie Brown.

    The 33-year-old, who has played 118 Tests, was left out of the squad for the forthcoming tour to South Africa.

    "I've spoken to him and he's incredibly positive," Brown told BBC Sport. "It looks like he's going to play a significant part for us next season."

  23. Barrow appoint Cox as boss


    Former Mansfield and Torquay boss Paul Cox has become manager of Barrow on a three-and-a-half year deal following the departure of Darren Edmondson.

    Cox takes over from Edmondson, who left by mutual consent after Saturday's 3-1 National League defeat by Dover, and inherits a side in 16th place. 

    The 43-year-old left Torquay in September after just three months. 

    "His record spanning a number of leagues, chairmen and budgets is consistent," owner Paul Casson said.

    Paul Cox
  24. Messi to start for Barca?


    WillLionel Messistart Barcelona's Champions League match with Roma on Tuesday? 

    Well, we don't know yet. ManagerLuis Enrique wouldn't say.

    What he did say, though, was that Messi "seemed in very good shape" after coming on in Saturday's 4-0 win at Real Madrid.

    "All that is needed now is to charge his batteries," he added, giving rise to the rumour that Messiis in fact a PlayStation character.

    Lionel Messi
  25. UAE v England, T20

    Commentary on 5 live sports extra

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    England seem to have taken inspiration from Jos Buttler's innings last week - they're motoring along quickly at 137-4 after 14 overs, having been put in to bat by UAE in Abu Dhabi. 

    Jason Roy scored 59, Alex Hales 40. 

    The only place for full coverage is on 5 live sports extra

    Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
  26. Coming up...

    Crystal Palace v Sunderland (20:00 GMT)

    There is a 20:00 GMT kick-off in the Premier League tonight let's not forget - Crystal Palace welcome Sunderland to Selhurst Park. 

    Can Sam Allardyce get the Black Cats back on track?

    Gary Rose will be bringing you live text commentary from 18:30 GMT.

  27. In the money...



    Lydia Ko is a wealthier 18-year-old than most.

    The teenager has won the $1m Race to the CME Globe title for the second year in a row.

    New Zealander Ko finished joint seventh in the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples which was enough to net her the title.

    "Every emotion went through me. I'm happy that the season is over and I can relax now," she said.

  28. Demel signs for Dundee United



    Dundee United have signed former West Ham and Borussia Dortmund player Guy Demel

    The powerful 34-year-old has signed until the end of the season and has been brought in as a defensive midfielder.

  29. Home (not so) sweet home


    Ian Kennedy

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Roberto Firmino

    There’ll have been thousands of Liverpool fans drooling over Saturday’s 4-1 win at Manchester City, and rightly so, it was a great performance.

    The question now is can Jurgen Klopp’s men replicate that sort of form at Anfield?

    Breaking teams down at home has been problematic for over a season – the domination of chances and possession is clearly there, but the ruthlessness in front of goal hasn’t.

    But with Roberto Firmino now amongst the goals, and with Daniel Sturridge on the way back, Klopp will have more attacking options that’s for sure – but the away formation that didn’t include an out and out striker has worked wonders again – as it did at Chelsea.

    Food for thought with Bordeaux and Swansea arriving over the next few days.

  30. Last Leicester leaders


    Leicester 2000
  31. Nostalgic mum


  32. Keeper leaves to deal with family matter


    Leeds goalkeeper Charlie Horton has left the club to deal with a private family matter back home in America.

    The USA Under-23 international has had his contract terminated just over five months since joining the club on a free transfer from Cardiff.

    "I've had to leave because of a private family matter back home," Horton said. "For me there is only one thing which comes before this football club - my family. That is the sole reason I'm going home."

  33. Answer time


    A Question of Sport Teaser

    You may recall, if you've a good memory, that earlier we set you this teaser... Since 1995 who are the 8 men to be ATP year-end World Number One?  

    Well, it's time for the answers... Agassi, Djokovic, Federer, Hewitt, Kuerten, Nadal, Roddick and Sampras...

    Well done to all those who got it.

  34. Mourinho tight-lipped on Benitez

    Maccabi Tel Aviv v Chelsea (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

    Our man in Haifa, Conor McNamara, asked Jose Mourinho about his old adversary, Rafa Benitez

    Benitez's future is in doubt, with Real Madrid announcing a press conference later on Monday

    But it seems that Mourinho isn't going to say much on his former club. 

    "I left Chelsea in September 2007. I was waiting 8 months to work again when I went to Inter. During that period, I gave zero interviews - not one word about other clubs in trouble. I closed my mouth for 8 months", he said.

    "In this moment, I see so many people speaking, especially about clubs in trouble. It's amazing the lack of respect, the lack of ethics. 

    "If I speak about Real Madrid, I speak when they are winning. Not when they are losing. So for me, words about the Clasico? Zero."

    Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho
  35. UAE v England


    No commentary box for the TMS team today, but they're on air for England's warmup T20 match against UAE. 

    The England side is: Hales, Roy, Vince, Morgan, Billings, Ali, Rashid, Jordan, Plunkett, Parry, Topley. 

    UAE win the toss and bowl.

    Full commentary on 5 live sports extra

  36. Jose Mourinho news conference

    Maccabi Tel Aviv v Chelsea (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

    Diego Costa has struggled to replicate his stellar form of last season but Mourinho isn't taking the bait on a question about the league's current star striker Jamie Vardy

    "I don't want to anaylse the boy because if I do he will get my words and you will put them into different a perspective about wanting to sign him and I don't want to sign," he said.

    "But a super striker like Ruud van Nistelrooy did something historical in the Premier League and Vardy has the chance to go over it."

  37. Jose Mourinho news conference

    Maccabi Tel Aviv v Chelsea (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

    Jose is in quite good spirits today. By that, we mean he's not shot a journalist a moody look and refused to answer a question.

    "We know we had bad results for a significant period of time and we need to keep getting results for our happiness, pride and for the people that support us – the Chelsea fans," he says.

    Not quite Churchillian but not far off...

  38. Jose Mourinho news conference

    Maccabi Tel Aviv v Chelsea (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

    Mourinho is asked about security concerns. It is fair to say he doesn't have any, or at least that's what he is saying in public.

    "The best way is to focus on football and happiness sit gives you. Leave security questions to the people that kow more than we do," said the Chelsea boss.

    "We can only focus on playing. I didn’t hear a single problem inside of the squad.

    "I have everybody without fears, just wanting to come. I even have a player that tomorrow his wife can have a baby and he is here to play because he knows how important it is for me.

    "We are very focused on what we need to do."

  39. Jose Mourinho news conference

    Maccabi Tel Aviv v Chelsea (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

    More from Jose Mourinho on how his team are looking: "We did well against Norwich and in previous matches where we lost, so we need to try and keep our levels the same.

    "I like the confidence the team showed against Norwich, under the pressure of needing a result. My players are confident, and are getting their confidence back and hopefully tomorrow we  can do more."

    Jose Mourinho

    Jose says Chelsea have no fresh fitness concerns going into Tuesday's match.

  40. Jose Mourinho news conference

    Maccabi Tel Aviv v Chelsea (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

    Mourinho recently said the chance of Chelsea retaining their title was now "mission impossible" but what of current leaders Leicester?

    "I'm happy for Claudio Ranieri, somebody who when he joined Leicester all the bets were he'd be the first one to be sacked and now he's top of the league," he said.

    "But I don't think Ranieri and the Leicester players will be insulted if I say I don't believe they are going to be champions.

    "I hope that they feel more my compliments as they are doing amazingly well and deserve all the respect for what they're doing."

  41. Jose Mourinho news conference

    Maccabi Tel Aviv v Chelsea (Tues, 19:45 GMT)


    Mr Mourinho has arrived on time for his afternoon news conference and immediately gets asked about striker Diego Costa.

    Costa's goal against Norwich - one of 21 shots the reigning Premier League champions had during the contest - will give the Spaniard "confidence", says the manager.

  42. Raising the bar of football tourism


    There's been a couple of intrepid visitors at Accrington Stanley this morning, as explained by the League Two club's chief executive...

    I remember winning the Champions League ten seasons in a row with Skonto Riga on Sensible World of Soccer. Oh yes.

    Should have made the trip to Latvia, I might have got a free shirt...

  43. Henman backs Murray in British tennis row



    And in case you hadn't heard, there's been a bit of a row going on about Andy Murray's contribution to British tennis.

    Tim Henman has been standing up for his friend in the face of criticism from David Lloyd, who accused Murray of not doing enough to promote the growth of tennis in Britain.

    "I think I'd probably disagree with (David), considering Andy has carried the team to the Davis Cup final," said Henman.

    "He's won Wimbledon, the US Open, Olympic gold. 

    "There are others that need to be responsible for taking advantage of the interest he creates in the game. But if you ask me, I think Andy Murray is doing all right."

  44. Ready for action


    Andy Murray and co have landed ahead of the Davis Cup final in Belgium...

    BBC World Service Sport has been speaking to Gijs Kooken, organiser of the event, who is "confident" it will go ahead, despite the terror threats affecting Brussels.

    "I can tell you the Belgian government are doing everything," he said.

    "They don’t hesitate to stop other events when there is a certain risk so the fact that they have not asked us to do it, does mean for me that it is a safe situation.”

  45. BBC African Footballer of the Year 2015


    2013: Yaya Toure

    2014: Yacine Brahimi

    2015:You decide

    Voting is open! 

    BBC African Football of the Year 2015

    You can either vote online here, or send a text to +44 7786 20 20 08.

    Text 1 for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Text 2 for Andre Ayew

    Text 3 for Yacine Brahimi

    Text 4 for Sadio Mane

    Text 5 for Yaya Toure

  46. Charteris to join Bath

    Rugby Union

    Wales lock Luke Charteris will join Bath from Racing 92 on a three-year contract at the end of the season.

    Luke Charteris

    The 6ft 9ins second-row, who has 62 caps, is out of contract at the end of the 2015-16 campaign, so is free to join the Premiership side.

    "It is such an ambitious club and that's a great atmosphere to be joining," said Charteris.

  47. Bluebirds swoop


  48. Alderweireld concern for brother


    Spurs and Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld says he is trying to focus on football despite a personal connection to the terror threat in Brussels.

    Alderweireld's brother is a police officer in the Belgian capital, currently in its third day of lockdown with 21 arrested in connection with the attacks in Paris.

    Toby Alderweireld

    "My family's in Antwerp, so not so far from Brussels," he said. "My brother is a police officer in Brussels, so it affects you a little, but I try to focus on football.

    "He has to do his daily job like the rest of us and I think the army is there as well. It's not a good situation and hopefully it's quickly over."

  49. King off the mark - and wanting more


    Bournemouth striker Joshua King hopes his first goal for the club will pave the way for more in quick succession.

    King, 23, a summer signing from Blackburn, scored the opening goal in the 2-2 draw at Swansea on Saturday.

    It was the Norway international's first strike in eight Premier League starts and "a fitting reward" for his efforts, according to Cherries boss Eddie Howe.

    "Hopefully now I've got my first goal it can lead to more in the weeks ahead," King told BBC Radio Solent.

    Joshua King
  50. The results are in...


    59% of people in our vote think Leicester will finish ahead of Chelsea in the Premier Leauge
  51. Will Benitez get the boot?


    Real Madrid. Thrashed 4-0 at home to rivals Barcelona on Sunday, a reported falling-out between Cristiano Ronaldo and Rafael Benitez, and now president Florentino Perez has called a news conference for 18:30 GMT today.

    Will Benitez, who only took over in the summer, be getting the boot? Former Real president Ramon Calderon doesn't think so.

    "It's too early, I think Perez will be backing Benitez," he told BBC World Service Sport. 

    “For me Benitez is not the one to blame. We are already leaders in the Champions League group, we are going to be in the knockouts so it's too early.

    "The next matches are easy ones in theory and Benitez will be back."

    Rafael Benitez
  52. Revolt



    More than 60 Kenyan athletes have occupied the headquarters of the sport's national governing body, stopping officials from entering.

    They want Athletics Kenya (AK) officials to step down over corruption allegations linked to a deal with Nike.

    "We are not leaving this place until our grievances have been heard and addressed," said Julius Ndegwa, the organising secretary of the Professional Athletes Association of Kenya.

    AK Vice President David Okeyo has denied the allegations.

  53. 'Blatter & Platini facing seven-year bans'


    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    Suspended Fifa president Sepp Blatter and vice-president Michel Platini could face seven-year bans from football if found guilty of corruption claims.

    Fifa ethics investigators are likely to have recommended the sanctions over a "disloyal payment" that saw Platini, 60, receive £1.35m from Blatter, 79.

    There was no written contract for the consultation-work payment, which Platini received nine years later.

    An adjudicatory committee could announce its verdict by Christmas.

    Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini
  54. Bristol deny Borthwick England link

    Rugby Union

    Eddie Jones and Steve Borthwick

    Bristol director of rugby Andy Robinson insists there has been no approach from the Rugby Football Union for forwards coach Steve Borthwick.

    New England coach Eddie Jones was in charge of Japan during the World Cup, with ex-England captain Borthwick as one of his assistants.

    "It is very simple for us, Steve Borthwick is employed by Bristol Rugby. He is here for two years and his focus is on Bristol Rugby getting promotion," Robinson told BBC Radio Bristol.

  55. How far can Leicester go?

    Get involved using #bbcsportsday

    Claudio Ranieri

    Today we're asking: Just how good are Leicester City? Will they finish in the Premier League's top four?

    Niklas Lanwehr: Leicester to drop off significantly until end of February, eight of next 13 games against last seasons top six.

    Mik Smith: Sick of "LCFC haven't played anyone big yet" argument - 28pts from 13 games is an incredible return, regardless of fixtures.

    Jonathan Ford: 40 years ago Nottingham Forest had the audacity top the league before Christmas. Everyone said the same things as they are saying now.

    You can get in touch using #bbcsportsday on Twitter, text us on 81111 (UK only) or post a comment on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

  56. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Arsenal v Dinamo Zagreb (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

    And that's it. Arsene and Per troop off into the distance - well, through a door at the side of the room - and the assembled journalists start frantically typing their stories or making excited phone calls to editors. Or something like that.

    That's the first of the day's media calls over.

    But not long to go till the next - Jose Mourinho is up at 14:30 GMT.

  57. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Arsenal v Dinamo Zagreb (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

    Mertesacker is also asked about how the two Arsenal players caught up in the Paris attacks were coping.

    Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud were playing for France against Germany when there were attacks outside the Stade de France.

    "It is a difficult time for a footballer affected by such incidents," says Mertesacker.

    "It is a horrible experience but what came out when I spoke to them was that they were quite clear about the situation and quite quickly back to normal.

    "I was surprised by that, I thought they’d maybe get affected but as the games come and continue you get back to normal. That’s what we human beings are, fortunately, and (those two players) feel confident and good."

  58. Leicester or Chelsea?


    There's just under 20 minutes left to have your say on who will finish higher in the Premier League: Leicester City or Chelsea. 

    You can take part in the vote above, and see our full terms and conditions by clicking here.   

    Claudio Ranieri and Jose Mourinho
  59. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Arsenal v Dinamo Zagreb (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

    Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker, sitting next to his boss, is managing to get the odd word in.

    Asked about tomorrow's game, the German says: "We want to remain in the Champions League for sure.

    "It will be difficult for us to do that due to our results and our performances. But we have to give ourselves a chance.

    "Let’s remember we beat one of the best teams in Europe at home in Bayern Munich and let’s show that we can produce that type of performance again."

  60. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Arsenal v Dinamo Zagreb (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

    Wenger is asked about his recent comments in which he suggested doping in football was a 'significant' problem.

    Since then, the Gunners boss says, there have been a suspiciously high number of anti-doping testers turning up at Arsenal's training ground.

    "I didn't know whether it was because of my comments," he tells an amused room.

    Wenger is also asked specifically about Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Arijan Ademi, the player who tested positive after the Croatian club won the reverse fixture 2-1.


    "I don't want to speculate too much on the career of a player but he's been punished," he added.

    "There are two things about that game - our performance on the day and the fact that they had a doped player.

    "But we only focus on our performances and we need to put in a different performance tomorrow."

  61. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Arsenal v Dinamo Zagreb (Tues, 19:45 GMT)


    The loss of Coquelin with a knee injury adds to Arsenal's seemingly perennial injury woes with the likes of Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky enduring lengthy absences.

    But Wenger says the problem is no worse than previous seasons, with Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott due to return soon.

    "We've been hit very hard in November because until the Sheffield Wednesday game in the League Cup we had a good record but since we have lost a few players," he said.

    "We have Ramsey and maybe Oxlade-Chamberlain back for the weekend and Walcott will be the next one - all the other players are long-term injuries."

  62. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Arsenal v Dinamo Zagreb (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

    Wenger also gets asked about Jamie Vardy's achievement of scoring 10 goals in as many Premier League games for Leicester.

    Is it a miracle, he's asked? "It is absolutely fantastic but it is not miracle, he has that quality," says Wenger.

    "The miracle is that he played at Fleetwood and didn’t play in the Premier League before."

    And on Leicester's rise to the top of the table?

    "It is a surprise because Leicester fought not to go down last season but when we played them at the Emirates we came to the conclusion there is something special in this team," he added.

  63. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Arsenal v Dinamo Zagreb (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

    Arsene, a man who is always willing to give an opinion on things other than his own club, has lent his support to Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez.

    The Spaniard is under big pressure at Madrid, who have called a news conference later amid speculation Benitiez could be on his way out following the weekend defeat to rivals Barcelona.

    Rafa Benitez and Arsene Wenger

    "I would just like to take this opportunity to support completely Rafa, who is an outstanding manage and it would not be serious to sack the manager after 12 games," says Wenger.

    "I hope he gets the support of the president. No one should bet on me to become next manager."

  64. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Arsenal v Dinamo Zagreb (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

    Arsenal wasted plenty of chances as they fell to a 2-1 defeat away at West Brom on Saturday but Wenger insists his side will bounce back for a must-win game against Dinamo, despite the injury to Francois Coquelin."We will respond well - we're disappointed but we didn't deserve to lose this game," he said.

    "I believe this team is resilient and focused and will return well tomorrow.

    "We will be without Coquelin for certainly the next two months.

    "We have players like Flamini and Calum Chambers has been educated as a central midfielder so there are good opportunities for other players to show up and show they can do the job."

  65. Post update

  66. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Arsenal v Dinamo Zagreb (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

    Remember we mentioned a short while ago that a news conference was due to begin at Arsenal?

    Well, we haven't forgotten, we're just waiting for the main man Arsene Wenger to turn up.

    It should have started at 12:30 GMT so he's clearly running a tad late but it shouldn't be too much longer now.

    We're primed and ready to bring you full coverage as and when he arrives...

  67. 'I've realised the dream'



    Anthony Crollasaid he was not going to waste a second chance as he claimed the WBA lightweight title almost a year after believing his career was over.

    The 29-year-old defeated Darleys Perez on Saturday in a rematch following their controversial draw in July.

    Last December, Crolla suffered a fractured skull and broken ankle trying to stop burglars, scuppering hopes of a WBA showdown against Richar Abril.

    "I've realised the dream," the Manchester boxer said. "The difference between how I feel now and last Christmas is a million miles apart."

  68. Not so Foxy


    They may be top of the pile but seems like they need to work on their long distance shooting...

  69. Catch me if you can



    Novak Djokovic has extended his massive lead at the top of the ATP world rankings following his fourth straight victory at the season-ending World Tour Finals in London.

    The Serbian's straight sets win over Roger Federer in Sunday's final has pushed his advantage over world number two Andy Murray to almost 8,000 points.

    British number one Murray, who is gearing up for this week's Davis Cup final against Belgium, is guaranteed to finish the year number two for the first time, which should give him the second seeding at January's Australian Open.

  70. What next for Rafa and Real?


    Is Real Madrid president Florentino Perez regretting the decision to sack Carlo Ancelotti as manager at the end of last season? 

    His replacement, Rafael Benitez, is hardly setting the world alight, and it has just been announced there will be a press conference this evening at 18:30 GMT...

    Spanish football writer Andy West has been surveying the scene at the Santiago Bernabeu. 

    It looks like former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Benitez could be on his way out already.

    Find out why over here.

    Rafael Benitez
    Image caption: A penny for your thoughts, Rafael
  71. Arsene Wenger news conference coming up

    Arsenal v Dinamo Zagreb (Tue, 19:45, 5 live Sport)

    John Southall

    BBC Sport at London Colney

    One win in five for Arsenal, a 2-1 defeat at West Brom when the opposition have one shot on target, and their Champions League progress hanging in the balance.

    It could be an interesting lunchtime at London Colney.

    Arsenal news conference
    Image caption: We're expecting Arsene at about 12:30 GMT
  72. Klopp wants goals at home


    Jurgen Klopp's a friendly chap isn't he? 

    Jurgen Klopp collage
    Image caption: Here he is celebrating Sunday's 4-1 victory at Manchester City...

    The German's hands-on approach has seen the Reds score as many goals in their last two away Premier League games (7) as they managed in their previous 11...

    The next challenge? To take that form back to Anfield. 

    “I would love to win a game like this at Anfield,” he told the Liverpool website.

    "We now play Bordeaux and then Swansea. If they saw our game against Crystal Palace maybe they will stay with 50 people deep and shoot only long balls?

    “Then we have to find a solution."

  73. Two-way fight

    Football gossip


    Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in Daniele Rugani, a 21-year-old Juventus defender who is highly-rated despite a lack of first-team opportunities at the Italian champions, reports Gazetta World.

  74. LCD dismay...

    Rugby Union

    Exeter and England hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie has been ruled out until the new year after breaking his thumb.

    Luke Cowan-Dickie

    The 22-year-old, who made his England debut against France in August, has had surgery to repair the injury.

    "The way Luke plays he does chuck himself around and a few weeks off isn't going to do the rest of his body any harm," said Exeter head coach Rob Baxter.

  75. How to Apex Jump and escape the blockers

    Roller Derby

    If you're completely lost and have no idea what any of the above means, then you clearly need to work on your Roller Derby knowledge... It's Europe’s fastest growing female sport you know. And it's pretty gnarly.

    Handily, our colleagues over at Get Inspired have put together this video - specifically on how to perfect your Apex Jump.

    Check it over here - and there's a full documentary waiting for you over on the BBC iPlayer.

    Roller Derby
  76. Would you wear gloves in this?


    It's OK to admit it. Sometimes you've got to keep those digits warm.

  77. Skuse 'has Premier League talent'


    Cole Skuse

    Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse has the quality to play in the Premier League, according to boss Mick McCarthy.

    The 29-year-old has made more than 100 appearance for the Suffolk club since joining them in 2013.

    "I think he's a Premier League footballer playing with us. He's got all the attributes. He's calm, composed, quick, can handle the ball, and got a good passing range," McCarthy told BBC Radio Suffolk.

  78. Who will finish higher?

    Get Involved

    The two most surprising performances so far this season in the Premier League are Leicester City and Chelsea

    Leicester are currently top with 28 points, Chelsea are 15th with 14 points. 

    But who will finish higher? 

    Have your say by taking part in the vote above. You can see our full terms and conditions by clicking here

    Claudio Ranieri and Jose Mourinho
  79. Is Zidane ready for Real?


    That's what French sports daily L'Equipe reckons... 

    With Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez under pressure, could former France international - and original Galactico - Zinedine Zidane be the man to turn things around?

    Personally I'd rather have him at Middlesbrough, playing number 10. He's only 43. The Aitor Karanka connection?

    Image caption: Zizou is currently in charge of Real's B team...
  80. We all love a question...


    The answer will be revealed this afternoon!

  81. 'Ronnie's a genius, his absence is weird'


    Shaun Murphysays "genius"Ronnie O'Sullivan's"weird" decision not to defend his UK Championship title will not reduce the event's importance.

    Five-time world champion O'Sullivan, 39, has not played a competitive match since the World Championship in April.

    World number four Murphy told BBC Sport: "It's a shame for the event and fans who bought tickets way in advance.

    "Ronnie is an absolute genius on the table. But we know trying to predict his decisions is a waste of time."

    Read more from Shaun over here.

    Shaun Murphy
  82. How far can Leicester go?

    Get involved using #bbcsportsday

    Today we're asking: Just how good are Leicester City? Will they finish in the Premier League's top four?

    Patrick Jones: What goes up must come down, Foxes will finish strong, but top 4 is a big ask

    Ben Moore: As long as we keep up this brand of attacking fun football, then I'm happy. Top of the league, what a time to be alive!

    Ilyas Kassim: If Jamie Vardy maintains his form & Chelsea's poor form countinue, they will surely finish top four.

    You can get in touch using #bbcsportsday on Twitter, text us on 81111 (UK only) or post a comment on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

    Jamie Vardy
  83. Leicester's remarkable rise


    Started from the bottom...

    PL Table on 13/04/15 they're here.

    PL Table on 23/11/15
  84. Best yet to come from McIlroy?


    Over the weekend, Rory McIlroy won the World Tour Championship in Dubai to finish the season as Europe's number one golfer.  

    "This is my time to capitalise on my career. The next 10, 15 years is my time," he said afterwards. 

    Here's BBC Sport golf correspondent Iain Carter's take on things: "He is the most naturally gifted golfer on the planet, but to turn that into domination he has to harness a work ethic to match that of the duo who narrowly lead him in the rankings," he writes. 

    Head over here for his analysis in full.

    Rory McIlroy
  85. 606 Podcast


    Plenty of talking points from the weekend's football action in a season where Leicester topping the Premier League is less surprising than a Chelsea victory.

    Kelly Cates and Ian Wright took your calls on 606 and discussed how Jurgen Klopp helped Liverpool feel all warm inside on a freezing day in Manchester.

    Download the 606 podcast here.

  86. Match of the Day 3


    Kasper Schmeichel explains how Leicester have found themselves at the top of the table, Trevor Sinclair talks about pressing football, and you can find out who the only team not to score from a set piece in the Premier League are. 

    You can see all of that and more on Match of the Day 3 on the BBC iPlayer - it's available right now.  

    Match of the Day 3
  87. 'Foden can return to England fold'

    Rugby Union

    Northampton back Ben Foden can end his two-year England exile, according to Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder.

    The 30-year-old, whose last of 34 Test appearances came in November 2013, helped Saints defeat Glasgow in the European Champions Cup on Saturday.

    "I saw him talking about England and trying to get back into that team," Mallinder told BBC Radio Northampton.

    "He just needs a few more performances like against Glasgow and hopefully the people will be looking at him."

    Ben Foden
  88. Arsenal news conference

    Arsenal v Dinamo Zagreb (Tue, 19:45 GMT)

    Arsene Wenger

    But before then we'll also be hearing from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, whose side play Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Tuesday. 

    He's due to speak to the media at about 12:30 GMT, so stay tuned Gunners fans...

  89. Chelsea news conference

    Maccabi Tel Aviv v Chelsea (Tue, 19:45 GMT)

    Conor McNamara

    BBC Radio 5 live in Haifa

    Chelsea would normally arrive at a Champions League location the day before the game, however due to the 5 hour flight from London, the club arrived on Sunday evening - 48 hours before kick-off. This gives extra recovery & preparation time to the players after such a long journey. 

    The last time Chelsea played in Israel was in 2001. Just a month after the 9/11 attacks. Back then 6 players chose not to travel for the game for security reasons.