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Caroline Chapman and Phil Dawkes

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  1. Thank you and goodnight

    That is all from us here at Sportsday for Wednesday. We will return tomorrow at 08:00 GMT for another day of rolling sports news.

    In the meantime, head on over to our football pages, where you will find a live text commentary of this evening's Champions League games, including Chelsea v Porto and Arsenal against Olympiakos.

  2. 'The players must take the blame'


    Garry Monk

    Former Swansea City winger Leighton James says the players must take a lot of the blame for Garry Monk’s departure from the club.

    "It is the managers fault ultimately because he selects the team and I suppose in a cynical way it is easier to sack one manager than 11 players," James told BBC Radio Wales. "But the players, ultimately have to take the blame because they are the ones who have underperformed."

  3. Get Involved


    Your reaction to Garry Monk leaving Swansea...

    Justin Quick: As a Swans fan living in Exeter, Monk's sacking means I'm done with football. Chiefs will now get my hard earned.

    Chijioke Izundu: Was Swansea chairman expecting Gary Monk to win the league or stay up? If it is the latter then support is better than a sack.

    Ian Jones: Sad to see a good man like Monk go but looked totally demoralised and out of ideas on touch line last Saturday.

  4. Swansea manager contenders


    Graeme Jones

    Graeme Jones

    The former Swansea number two has been linked with the top job at the Liberty in the past. He followed Roberto Martinez to Wigan and Everton, where his work on the training ground has impressed. 

    At 45 years of age, is now the time for Jones to make the step up to being number one? Or will the Swans experience after promoting Monk from within prompt them to go for a more established manager?

  5. Get Involved


    Your reaction to Garry Monk leaving Swansea...

    Jony Isaacs: Taking the "hot seat" in the Prem as your first job is foolish. Take a lower league or assistant role; Go abroad and learn.  

    Dan Hand: Garry Monk was offered help. He refused. The team does not look like performing soon. What else could Huw do?  

    Yanis Gbl: What a reward for leading the club to a club record 8th place in the Pl last season.Monk needed help and not the sack.  

  6. Swansea manager contenders


    Gus Poyet

    Gus Poyet

    Poyet's reputation was harmed by the end of his time at Sunderland, where he started well and led the club to the 2014 Capital One Cup final but was sacked 12 games into last season following a run of just one win in 12 games.

    However, prior to that he had impressed at Brighton, who he led to promotion from League One and then into the Championship play-offs in their second season in the division before being relieved of his duties after being suspended by the club in May 2013.

  7. Dhawan reported for suspect action


    Shikhar Dhawan

    India opener Shikhar Dhawan has been reported for a suspect bowling action in the fourth Test against South Africa. The 30-year-old, who has bowled just 54 balls in his 19 Tests, will now undergo tests over his action after the match officials' report cited concerns over its legality. 

    "Dhawan's bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is," read a statement from the International Cricket Council. "He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Dhawan is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known." 

  8. 'He's had two years of hell'


    Luke Jones

    Mansfield defender Luke Jones will almost certainly have to retire because of an Achilles tendon injury, according to manager Adam Murray.

    Jones, 28, has not played for the Stags since rejoining them from Stevenage for a third spell in May 2014.

    "He's had two years of hell. His main focus is being able to live day-to-day life as best he can," Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham.

    "He still can't walk to 100% and we're gutted for him as a football club."

  9. Ronaldo: 'I am staying at Real'


    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Manchester United and Paris St-Germain look set to be frustrated in their desire to sign three-time world footballer of the year, Cristiano Ronaldo. As reported by Sky Sports, the 30-year-old forward has told Spanish TV station Antena 3 that he is staying at Real Madrid.

    "It is speculation. Every year, the same thing," is quoted as having said. "I am calm, I feel good, and I am happy here. I have two years of contract and I am going to stay here."

  10. WRU statement on Faletau

    Rugby Union

    Taulupe Faletau

    Following Taulupe Faletau's decision to reject a national dual contact and join Bath, the Welsh Rugby Union have issued a statement. It reads:

    "The Welsh Rugby Union has confirmed that National Dual Contract negotiations with Newport Gwent Dragons player Taulupe Faletau, continued until the WRU were notified of his decision to accept a move to Bath Rugby. "During the negotiations the WRU and Newport Gwent Dragons continued to liaise on all developments. "The WRU is disappointed but accepts the player’s decision in which he identified a desire to pursue a new rugby challenge at this stage of his career. "It remains the policy of the WRU to keep as many Welsh qualified players as possible in Wales with one of the four Regions."

  11. Newport 'disappointed' in Faletau

    Rugby Union

    Taulupe Faletau

    Taulupe Faletau isn't the most popular man in Newport today.

    The Wales number eight has rejected a national dual contract with the Dragons in order to sign for Premiership side Bath, and will make the move at the end of the season.

    "This comes as extremely disappointing news for the club given our understanding that a national dual contract was being negotiated with the Welsh Rugby Union," said the club.

    Faletau had been set to join Bath in October but a move was blocked by Wales head coach Warren Gatland.  

  12. Garry Monk leaves Swansea


    A couple of updates on the situation at Swansea...

    City assistant manager Pep Clotet and first-team coach James Beattie are set to leave following manager Garry Monk's departure.

    The club have also announced that there will be no press conference on Thursday ahead of the Premier League game at Manchester City on Saturday.

  13. Naismith considering Goodison exit


    Steven Naismith

    Steven Naismith admits he may have to consider a future away from Everton if he cannot force his way back into Roberto Martinez's plans.

    Everton rejected a deadline-day bid from Norwich earlier this season for Naismith, who has made 12 appearances for the Toffees in 2015-16.

    "When Norwich were interested in me in the summer, it was the manager who said he didn't want it to happen. But as a player you need to think about all your options," said Naismith.

    "The manager said we'd speak about it again come January time so we'll do that.  You've got to weigh up all your options and see where you're at."

  14. Get Involved


    Your reaction to Garry Monk leaving Swansea...

    Ahmed Mohamed: Another English manager sacked leaving 5 in the league. Soon english managers will become a myth.  

    Adrian Gildernew: Garry Monk needed some help not the sack. An experienced coach was all they needed. Disappointing.

    Manicben: Lack of class from #SCFC sacking Monk. Club need reminding where they've come from. Big change 6 months in modern football.   

  15. Swansea manager contenders


    Mark Warburton

    Mark Warburton

    Warburton forged a good reputation at Brentford, who he led to promotion to the Championship and then into the play-offs the following season.

    A difference of opinion with the board over management structure led to him leaving Griffin Park. He has since taken charge at Rangers, who are currently course to return to the Scottish top flight.

    He recently denied rumours he was leaving to join managerless Fulham.

  16. 'Neville excites Valencia fans'


    John Bennett

    BBC World Service in Valencia

    "The fans I've been speaking to here at the Mestalla seem pretty excited about what Gary Neville can bring to the club.

    "They're skeptical about his close links to the owner and his lack of management experience but seem delighted to have got rid of the previous coach.

    "The supporters here have the reputation of being the hardest to please in Spain but - for now - Neville has their backing.

    "Neville certainly won't let them down when it comes to hard work. I saw him arriving at the Mestalla today 7 hours before kick-off."

  17. Neville 'focused on staying calm'


    Gary Neville

    Gary Neville takes charge of his first game as Valencia manager tonight, with a must-win encounter against Lyon.

    "Someone said it's the first day of the rest of my life," said the 40-year-old. "I'm focusing on staying calm."

    "Lyon is a big game, it sets the benchmark straight away. It gives me an immediate understanding of what our mentality is like.

    "Not everything is in our hands, but we have to focus on what we do control.

    "If we don't have the result in the other game we want, that's life. The most important thing for us is focusing on our players, our direct opponent."

  18. Monk leaves Swansea


    BBC Match of the Day commentator Steve Wilson is not convinced by Swansea's decision.

    Nor is former Southampton, Stoke and Sunderland defender Danny Higginbotham.

  19. Get involved


    Your reaction to Garry Monk leaving Swansea after almost two years in charge.

    Adrian Gildernew: Garry Monk needed some help not the sack. An experienced coach was all they needed. Disappointing.

    Dario Fisher: Sad to see Monk go after such loyal service, but can't reflect on win percentages over 50 matches it's the last 15 that matter.

    Yusuf Makishe: Garry Monk did a fantastic job last season. He's still the best one for Swansea. Mourinho and LVG get prepared.....  

  20. Swansea manager contenders


    Brendan Rodgers

    Brendan Rodgers

    The Northern Irishman is an early favourite to succeed Garry Monk. He would be a popular choice with the Swansea fans as he led the club into the Premier League in 2011 before joining Liverpool the following year. 

    He came close to winning the title at Liverpool in the 2012-13 season, but left the club in October after more than three years at Anfield.

  21. Swansea manager contenders


    David Moyes

    David Moyes

    Moyes spent over a decade at Everton where he won universal praise and the League Managers' Association annual award three times. 

    But after leaving to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United his stock fell considerably with each poor result before he was sacked after just 10 months.

    Things did not go much better for him at his next job, in Spain with Real Sociedad, who was sacked a day before his one-year anniversary at the club.

  22. Get Involved


    Your reaction to Garry Monk's departure as Swansea manager.

    Get involved on #bbcsportsday or on Facebook. 

    James Kirk: Monk will always be a club legend but he had clearly lost the dressing room. Not enough funds to buy a squad in new January.

    Lee: A bad patch of results isn't grounds for sacking, but an apparent inability to change it is. 1 win in 11? Gotta go.  

    Dave Payn: Well, as dumb decisions go, Swansea giving Garry Monk the heave-ho is right up there.  

  23. Monk leaves Swansea - reaction

    Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins says the decision to part with manager Garry Monk was “made very reluctantly and with a heavy heart".

    Monk's former Swansea team-mate Owain Tudur Jones has tweeted to say the Swans' ex-captain "deserved the chance to stay on and get @SwansOfficial out of trouble".

    Match of the Day presenter and former England striker Gary Lineker has also had his say... 

  24. Monk leaves Swansea


  25. Get Involved


    Your reaction to Garry Monk leaving Swansea...

    David Cann: All it takes is a couple of months worth of bad form/unlucky results, & you're out. It really is an appalling state of affairs.

    Alex Younger: Gary Monk could save Villa's season. Garde not good enough. Got to be ruthless to survive.

    AIJ: Monk should have been backed with funds in January after all he's done for the club sacking him this side of January is wrong.

  26. Monk in the Prem's top 10



    Sacked Swansea City manager Garry Monk has one of the best win percentages among English bosses to manage 50 or more Premier League games, but who else is in the top 10?  

    Click here to find out.

  27. Champions Cup games re-arranged

    Rugby Union

    Racing 92

    Dates for re-arranged matches in the European Champions Cup have been announced.

    Several games were postponed last month following the deadly attacks in Paris.

    The matches will now take place over the weekend of the 8,9,10 January, with domestic fixtures being moved to accommodate the changes.

    • Racing 92 v Glasgow Warriors - Saturday, 9 January
    • Stade Francais v Munster - Saturday, 9 January
    • Oyonnax v Ulster - Sunday, 10 January 
    • Toulon v Bath - Sunday, 10 January
  28. Get Involved


    Your reaction to Garry Monk leaving Swansea...

    John Dykes: Monk has done wonders at Swansea until recently. Hope he gets a shot at a solid championship side with time to build. 

    Daniel Woodley: Not a surprise given the climate in the football management these days. He will come back stronger.

  29. Monk leaves Swansea


    He may have some good stats, but it wasn't enough to save Garry Monk at Swansea.

    Garry Monk
  30. Swansea City statement on Monk


    Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has released a statement following the departure of manager Garry Monk.

    “The decision has been made very reluctantly and with a heavy heart," he said.

    “To find ourselves in our current situation from where we were in the first week of September, and considering the drop of performance levels and run of results over the last three months, it has brought us to this unfortunate decision today.

     “Garry took on the job 22 months ago with the backing of everyone at the club. And when you take into account the excellent campaign we had last season when we broke all club records in the Premier League, nobody foresaw the position we would be in at this moment in time. 

    “It was not a decision we took lightly, especially given Garry’s history and standing within the club. And it goes without saying that we wish Garry all the very best for the future and thank him for his tremendous service, not only as a player over the last decade, but also as our manager. He will always have a warm welcome at this football club."

  31. Breaking: Garry Monk leaves Swansea


  32. All eyes on Kozak


    Libor Kozak

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila watched Aston Villa striker Libor Kozak score twice in an under-21 match on Monday.

    Assistant manager John Collins revealed Deila had travelled to Villa Park to see the Czech Republic international, 26, face Derby's Under-21 team.

    "Ronny's gone down to have a look at him and he's scored a couple of goals but there's nothing imminent," said Collins.

    "We're looking to strengthen all over, to be honest."

    Kozak suffered a broken leg in 2014 but has returned to full fitness this season, playing once for Villa - as a second-half substitute in a League Cup win over Notts County.

  33. Arsenal turn to Jesus


    Gabriel Jesus

    Arsenal are among the clubs to have asked about Palmeiras' highly-rated teenager Gabriel Jesus, according to the Daily Mail.

    The 18-year-old played a starring role for Brazil's U20 World Cup squad and is a regular for Palmeiras. He has also been touted as a better prospect than compatriot Neymar.

  34. Tottenham news conference

    Tottenham v Monaco (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

    Harry Kane and Mauricio Pochettino

    Mauricio Pochettino admits Harry Kane may be rested for Tottenham's Europa League match against Monaco on Thursday. 

    Kane has played in all of Tottenham's 21 fixtures so far this season and endured a hectic summer, after going to Australia on the club's post-season tour and then playing for England's under-21s. 

    "Is it a chance to rest him? Maybe yes," Pochettino said. "He is in the squad for tomorrow but it is true we need to assess him this afternoon and we have to decide the starting 11 for tomorrow." 

    Mousa Dembele is definitely out as he is sick. 

    A draw against Monaco will ensure Pochettino's side finish first in the group, which would also guarantee them a seeding going into the last 32. 

  35. Rutherford to attend SPOTY

    Greg Rutherford

    Greg Rutherford has released a statement saying he will remain involved in BBC's Sports Personality of the Year.

    The British Olympic and world champion long jumper, who is one of 12 nominees for the main prize, was reportedly considering pulling out of the running for this year's event in Belfast unless Tyson Fury was withdrawn from the list.

    Fury, the new world heavyweight boxing champion, had made comments which Rutherford described as "out-dated".

    In a statement, Rutherford said: "I have been in discussions with the BBC regarding my involvement with SPOTY after hearing what I believe to be very out-dated and derogatory comments from a fellow SPOTY nominee.

    "Everybody has the right to freedom of speech, which is something that we as a society have struggled with and fought for generations to get to where we are now but by the nature of these comments, undermine the struggles that we have been through. 

    "As such, I wanted to speak with the BBC about sharing a stage with somebody that had views that are so strongly against my own. 

    "After doing so, I can confirm that reports that I am withdrawing from the ceremony are not true. The BBC have been hugely supportive in hearing my own views and I am hugely honoured and privileged to be included on the shortlist for such a prestigious event alongside so many remarkable sporting personalities, majority of whom I will proudly say to my son and I had the chance to meet."

  36. 'Mourinho is finished'


    Adrian Mutu

    Former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu looks to be pulling no punches in his assessment of the predicament the Blues and manager Jose Mourinho currenrly find themselves. Have a read of these quotes from the Daily Mirror...

    “He [Mourinho] has been a great coach in the past, but as a person, he is fake." says Mutu. “He only looks after himself, and has no consideration for how his players are feeling and thinking. You could not go and talk to him.

    “As a coach, he is finished. There is no way back for him. How do you come back from something like this [current form]?”

    Champions Chelsea have lost eight of 15 league matches and face Porto tonight in a crunch Champions League group stage decider.

    Mutu was sacked by the Blues in 2004 after testing positive for cocaine.  

  37. More silverware for Chelsea Ladies boss


    Emma Hayes

    Chelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes is going to need a new trophy cabinet for Christmas. 

    She's collected two more awards to add to the Women's Super League manager of the year honour she collected last week.  

    Hayes has been named female elite coach of the year at the FA coaching awards and also scooped a gong for Achievement of the Year at the inaugural Women in Football Seasonal Celebration.

    She led Chelsea to a league and FA Women’s Cup double in 2015.

  38. Monk can turn Swans around - Nevin


    Swansea boss Garry Monk's future at the club is becoming increasingly uncertain, but some people still believe the 36-year-old can turn things around.

    “You wouldn’t be surprised that, if he was left another month or so, it turned around," BBC Football pundit Pat Nevin told BBC Radio Wales.

    “A lot of it depends on the confidence in the group, and also what they do in the January transfer window.

    "If you don’t make the decision between now and January, you’re going to let your current manager spend quite a bit of money in January - if he’s not the guy you’re going to go with long term, then that’s not actually that good an idea."

    Garry Monk
  39. Can Arsenal topple Olympiakos?

    Olympiakos v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

    Phil Wye

    BBC Radio 5 live in Athens


    "A walk up to the mighty Acropolis of Athens this morning yielded a chat with a few Arsenal fans.

    "General consensus among them was optimism, that the Gunners won't get turned over tonight but that a two-goal or 3-2 win would be "a big ask." 

    "Minus Sanchez, Cazorla & Coquelin in their ranks, it's hard to disagree.

    "Olympiakos have a 100% domestic record this season and only Bayern Munich - in Champions League Group F - have toppled Greek football's number one team.

    "But Arsene Wenger reminded us yesterday that his Arsenal teams "have a history of positive results" and suggested that Olympiakos have it all to lose.

    "Can't help but think that for the Gunners to pull this off, a Mesut Ozil masterclass will be needed this evening."

  40. BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year

    Why should Serena Williams win?

    KirbiJackson: She's the best women's tennis player there's ever been.

    Erick baraka: Serena Williams managed to chase down a cell phone thief and retrieving it ASAP #Supergirl.

  41. Bolton staff could go unpaid



    More than 300 staff at Bolton Wanderers could go without pay this Christmas as the club's financial problems continue. 

    According to the Bolton News, the matter hangs on whether the club can find a new buyer in the next seven days, with other short-term funding options being investigated, which are thought to involve the hotel and offices adjoining the ground.

    Bolton owe about £600,000 in unpaid taxes and have £172.9m of debt, and expect to receive a winding-up petition from Revenue & Customs soon.

  42. Jordan leads the way


  43. BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year

    The contenders - Serena Williams (tennis)

    We are dedicating 30 minutes to each of our contenders for the Overseas Sports Personality of the Year vote. The next contender is Serena Williams.  

    Age: 34. Country: USA. Sport: Tennis.

    Achievements in 2015: Serena Williams is now her country's most decorated female tennis player after winning the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon during 2015 - she reached the semi-final in the other Grand Slam, the US Open.

    She has now won 21 career Slams, overtaking compatriots Helen Wills Moody (19), Chris Evert (18) and Billie Jean King (18), and sits just one victory behind Steffi Graf's modern-day record of 22 wins.

    Why should Serena Williams win BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year? Send us your thoughts using #BBCSportsday.

    Voting will require signing up for a BBC iD, but it only takes a few seconds and voting now will mean you are ready to vote for the main Sports Personality of the Year award on 20 December.

    Serena Williams
  44. Champions League last 16

    Zenit St Petersburg

    Oleg Shatov celebrates

    Only one team still has a 100% win record in this season's Champions League. That team? Zenit St Petersburg. The Russians have won five out of five so far, including two victories over Spanish side Valencia and a couple of wins over French outfit Lyon. They can make that six wins out six with a victory at Gent tonight.

    They are not currently having a great time of it domestically, sitting sixth in the table and seven points behind leaders CSKA Moscow. However, a trip to Russia is never high on other European teams' Champions League wish-list, especially if you a central defender and you see Hulk on the opponent's teamsheet.

    Zenit are far from a one-man team, though. Artem Dzyuba has outscored his Brazilian partner in attack in Europe this season and Axel Witsel has bags of ability in midfield.

    Group record: W5 D0 L0 GD8 P15

    CL top-scorer: Artem Dzyuba (five)

    European Cup best: Last 16 (twice)

  45. BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year

    Why should Jordan Spieth win?

    Karen Williams: Jordan should win! Simply the best golfer this year!

    Roeland Meijer: Spieth is an excellent nomination.

  46. Champions League last 16

    Bayern Munich

    Thomas Muller celebrates a goal

    If rumours are to be believed, Pep Guardiola will have his pick of the Premier League clubs if and when he decides to leave Bayern Munich. First, though, he has another Bundesliga title to win and a Champions League trophy to reclaim.

    Few would bet against him managing the former. Winners for the past three season, Bayern are five points clear at the top of the table. Success in the latter is less certain, even though they are through to the last 16 with a game to spare. Arsenal exposed a rare vulnerability courtesy of a 2-0 win over the German side at the Emirates (their only defeat so far in the competition this season) and while still packed full of talent they are maybe not quite at the level they were in 2012-13. 

    However, when you have Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben, Arturo Vidal... I could go on... in your side, you fear no-one.

    Group record: W4 D0 L1 GD14 P12

    CL top-scorer: Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller (five)

    European Cup best: Winners (five times)

  47. Tottenham news conference

    Tottenham v Monaco (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

    Mauricio Pochettino

    Some early quotes from Mauricio Pochettino's news conference before Tottenham play Monaco in the Europa League on Thursday.

    The Spurs boss does not feel the Europa League is affecting their Premier League campaign, but refuses to respond to speculation linking his side with a January move for West Brom striker Saido Berahino.

    "It is a tough game," says Pochettino. "We have had Chelsea and Arsenal (after their last two Europa League games) but you know in football how you can recover.

    "I never speak about rumours. There are a lot of rumours, not only at Tottenham but at different clubs, but I never say anything about players at other clubs."

  48. West Brom and Tottenham charged


    West Brom and Tottenham Hotspur have both been charged by the Football Association for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. 

    The charge relates to an incident in the 84th minute of Saturday's 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns. 

    Both Premier League clubs have until 18:00 GMT on 11 December to respond to the charge. 

  49. BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year

    The contenders - Jordan Spieth (golf)

    Jordan Spieth

    We are dedicating 30 minutes to each of our contenders for the Overseas Sports Personality of the Year vote. The next contender is Jordan Spieth.    

    Age: 22. Country: USA. Sport: Golf.

    Achievements in 2015: In the space of just 71 days, Spieth went from a promising young golfer to one who had written himself into history by winning both the Masters and the US Open - a feat achieved by only five other golfers.

    He was tied for fourth at The Open and runner-up to Jason Day at the USPGA, but ended the year by winning the £7.5m Tour Championship in Atlanta.

    Why should Jordan Spieth win BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year? Send us your thoughts using #BBCSportsday.

    Voting will require signing up for a BBC iD, but it only takes a few seconds and voting now will mean you are ready to vote for the main Sports Personality of the Year award on 20 December.

  50. Pochettino news conference

    Tottenham v Monaco (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking to the media before Thursday's Europa League tie with Monaco.

    Nabil Bentaleb and Nacer Chadli both return to the squad after ankle injuries.

    But Mousa Dembele is sick and will miss out, while Ryan Mason is expected to start training next week.

  51. Rutherford to withdraw from SPOTY - reports


    Greg Rutherford

    There are reports that British Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford is threatening to pull out of the running for this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year event in Belfast, unless Tyson Fury is withdrawn from the list of nominees. 

    The new world heavyweight boxing champion is facing a police investigation over comments he made about homosexuality.

  52. BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year

    Why should Katie Ledecky win?

    Mohsin Arain: Won five gold medals at the world championships and broke a few world records in the process. At the age of 18.

    Keir Graham: Ledecky to win because she didn't just dominate the World Champs but also the way she blitzed her own world records with seeming ease.


    Michy Batshuayi

    Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is lining up a club-record £15m bid for Marseille's 22-year-old Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, according to the Sun.

    Read more in BBC Sport's gossip column

  54. BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year

    The contenders - Katie Ledecky (swimming)

    Katie Ledecky

    We are dedicating 30 minutes to each of our contenders for the Overseas Sports Personality of the Year vote. The next contender is Katie Ledecky.    

    Age: 18. Country: USA. Sport: Swimming

    Achievements in 2015: Ledecky has had an incredible year, the highlight being five gold medals and two world records at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

    The Olympic gold medallist won gold in the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyles and the 4x200m relay. Only Ledecky's compatriot Missy Franklin has won more world titles.

    Why should Katie Ledecky win BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year? Send us your thoughts using #BBCSportsday.

    Voting will require signing up for a BBC iD, but it only takes a few seconds and voting now will mean you are ready to vote for the main Sports Personality of the Year award on 20 December.

  55. Champions league last 16


    Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi

    What can we tell you about Barcelona that you don't already know? Not much.

    They lead La Liga, have arguably the best player on the planet playing in attack, with two of his challengers for that crown either side of him, they cruised through Group E with a game to spare, scoring 14 goals and conceding just three, they won the damn thing last year and are the favourites to lift the trophy again this season. Does that cover it?

    However, they are not invincible. Two teams have beaten them in La Liga this season: Celta Vigo and Sevilla. So if a team does catch them on a bad day (and it has to be a spectacularly bad day) then they could well throw a spanner in the works. The last team to do this in the last 16 was Liverpool in 2006-07.

    Group record: W4 D1 L0 GD11 P13

    CL top-scorer: Luis Suarez (5)

    European Cup best: Winners (five times)

  56. BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year

    Why should Novak Djokovic win?

    Jesse Thompson: Djokovic should get the BBC Overseas SPOTY, despite people's opinions on him, he has been an absolute juggernaut in tennis.

    Geoff Barnes: Easy winner, dominated his sport and a true gent in the process.

  57. Rojo undergoes surgery


    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Marcos Rojo

    "Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has had surgery on the shoulder he dislocated in training last week.

    "The decision was taken in an effort to prevent the problem recurring as Rojo suffered the same injury against Manchester City last season.

    "On that occasion, Rojo did not have surgery and was out for four weeks.

    "United are refusing to say how long they Rojo will be out for but a source close to the player expects it to be around four weeks.

    "Rojo had his operation in England.

    "Meanwhile, United are also waiting until manager Louis van Gaal holds his weekly press conference on Friday to offer any update on Matteo Darmian and Chris Smalling, who suffered hamstring and groin injuries in last night’s 3-2 defeat by Wolfsburg."

  58. BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year

    The contenders - Novak Djokovic (tennis)

    Novak Djokovic

    We are dedicating 30 minutes to each of our contenders for the Overseas Sports Personality of the Year vote. The next contender is Novak Djokovic.  

    Age: 28. Country: Serbia. Sport: Tennis.

    Achievements in 2015: It has been the most successful year to date for the world number one in tennis, with victories at the Australian Open, Wimbledonand the US Open. He also reached the final of the French Open.

    In total, he has won 11 titles in 2015 - a career best - and his record of winning three Grand Slams and reaching the final in the other has not been matched since Roger Federer managed it in 2006 and 2007.

    Why should Novak Djokovic win BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year? Send us your thoughts using #BBCSportsday.

    Voting will require signing up for a BBC iD, but it only takes a few seconds and voting now will mean you are ready to vote for the main Sports Personality of the Year award on 20 December.

  59. Schweinsteiger under the microscope


    Bastian Schweinsteiger is substituted

    Manager Louis van Gaal has repeated his criticism that Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger is not the player he was at Bayern Munich in the wake of Manchester United's Champions League exit. 

    Schweinsteiger was taken off with twenty minutes to go in Wolfsburg and after the game Van Gaal said: "I took him off and I don't take players off for nothing, but we are all human beings and so is Bastian Schweinsteiger.

    "He wants to play at the highest level, especially in Germany, to show his qualities, but I can't say he was the Bastian Schweinsteiger I saw during my Bayern Munich days. 

    However, Van Gaal added: "I'm sure he will show his strengths this season."

  60. BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year

    Why should Dan Carter win?

    The Bull 63: Because he is the best in the world at what he does. Being in the best team helps too though. 

    Erick baraka: Dan Carter was inspirational, sensational and instrumental in lining up a back-to-back World Cup triumph.

    Send us your thoughts using #BBCSportsday.

  61. Champions League last 16


    Paul Pogba

    It would be a big surprise if Juventus manage to replicate last season's run to the Champions League final this campaign. Never say never, though. Massimiliano Allegri's team may be having something of an inconsistent season on all fronts, but they did beat group winners Manchester City twice and are into the last 16.

    Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez may have gone but Mario Mandzukic has come in and in Paul Pogba they have arguably the most sought-after young player in Europe. Add to that the likes of Alvaro Morata, Paulo Dybala and Gianluigi Buffon and it is clear The Old Lady remain a potent force.

    Their Achilles heel could well prove to be a lack of goals. They scored just six in six group games. 

    Group record: W3 D2 L1 GD3 P11

    CL top-scorer: Mario Mandzukic and Alvaro Morata (two)

    European Cup best: Winners (twice)

  62. No new velodrome for Tokyo 2020

    Track Cycling

    Nick Hope

    BBC Sport, Olympic Sport reporter

    Quote Message: The UCI have confirmed that there will be no new velodrome built for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Instead an existing facility 120km away in the city of Izu (Japan's first ever indoor velodrome which was opened in 2011), will be 'refurbished'. So this raises the possibility of cyclists being based away from the athlete's village or face lengthy journeys each day during competition.
  63. BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year

    The contenders - Dan Carter (rugby union)

    Dan Carter

    We are dedicating 30 minutes to each of our contenders for the Overseas Sports Personality of the Year vote. The next contender is Dan Carter.

    Age: 33. Country: New Zealand. Sport: Rugby union.

    Achievements in 2015: The All Blacks became the first side to win consecutive Rugby World Cups when they beat Australia in a thrilling final at Twickenham in October.

    Carter scored 19 points in the final and was named man of the match, completing a superb individual tournament in which he kicked 23 conversions, 10 penalties and two drop-goals.

    Why should Dan Carter win BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year? Send us your thoughts using #BBCSportsday.

    Voting will require signing up for a BBC iD, but it only takes a few seconds and voting now will mean you are ready to vote for the main Sports Personality of the Year award on 20 December.

  64. 'City can challenge Europe's best'


    Eliaquim Mangala

    Defender Eliaquim Mangala believes Manchester City can challenge Europe's best after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League as group winners. 

    "We finished top of the table. We will see what happens after the draw but we have to improve in this competition. We have to work towards that," he said. 

    "But if you start a game like we did in the second half we can beat a lot of teams. It depends on what we have to do but if we start to work like we did in the second half we can do something good." 

  65. BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year

    Why should Usain Bolt win?

    Jesse Thompson: He's been injured for two years, decides to go to the championships even though he wasn't the favourite, wins the sprinting treble.

    Tight as Levy: Bolt should win Overseas SPOTY purely based on the 'P' in the acronym along with his outstanding achievements.  

    Send us your thoughts using #BBCSportsday.

  66. Neville prepares

    Valencia v Lyon (19:45)

    Gary Neville

    Gary Neville makes his managerial debut on Wednesday as he leads out Valencia for the first time in a must-win Champions League clash against Lyon.

    The former England and Manchester United defender joined his brother Phil over in Spain last week. taking on the head coach role. 

    Valencia, third in Group H, need to win and hope that second-placed Gent fail to beat Zenit St Petersburg in order to qualify for the knock-out stages for the first time in three years. 

    "I'm focused on staying calm," said Neville. "It is impossible to get all your ideas through to your players within 48 hours. We have to keep it simple and we have been working on very basic things."

    Calm? Gary Neville? How times have changed. 

  67. BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year

    The contenders - Usain Bolt (athletics)

    Usain Bolt

    Over the next three hours we will be dedicating 30 minutes to each of the six nominations for the Overseas Sports Personality of the Year vote, which closes on Friday. First up is Usain Bolt.

    Age: 29. Country: Jamaica. Sport: Athletics

    Achievements in 2015: Usain Bolt enjoyed another stellar year in the big competitions, winning three gold medals at the World Championships in Beijing to ensure he successfully defended the trio of titles he won in Moscow in 2013.

    He beat doping offender and clear favourite Justin Gatlin in both the 100m and 200m - ending the American's 28-race unbeaten run in the former in a time of 9.79 seconds.

    Why should Usain Bolt win BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year? Send us your thoughts using #BBCSportsday.

    Voting will require signing up for a BBC iD, but it only takes a few seconds and voting now will mean you are ready to vote for the main Sports Personality of the Year award on 20 December.

  68. Champions League last 16

    Manchester City

    Manchester City players celebrate

    There is something different about Manchester City in Europe this year. They look, well, like they fit in. In previous seasons since their financial fortunes improved dramatically they have looked every bit the newcomer, desperately searching for foothold. But now, they look capable of taking on the big boys.

    Granted, they were beaten twice by Juventus in Group D, but the Italians were the only team to take points off them and the wins at Sevilla and last night against Borussia Monchengladbach were impressively ruthless.

    Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling have added a new dimension and threat to City, although they will definitely need a fully fit Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero when they return to European competition in 2016.

    This could be City's breakthrough year in Europe. If they fall again at the last 16 hurdle, you fear for manager Manuel Pellegrini.

    Group record: W4 D0 L2 GD4 P12

    CL top-scorer: Raheem Sterling (3)

    European Cup best: Last 16 (twice)

  69. BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year

    The contenders

    Voting for the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year closes on Friday.

    The six nominations are... 

    • Usain Bolt (athletics)
    • Dan Carter (rugby union)
    • Novak Djokovic (tennis)
    • Katie Ledecky (swimming)
    • Jordan Spieth (golf)
    • Serena Williams (tennis).

    Over the next few hours we will be profiling all six competitors, but we want your thoughts as well.

    Who deserves to win, and why? Contact us on Twitter, using the hashtag #BBCSportsday. 

  70. Tour de Yorkshire route

    Road Cycling

    The route of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire has been revealed.

    Split into three stages, the cycle race covers 515.5km (320 miles), and will see riders weave across the Yorkshire landscape.

    The race starts on Friday, 29 April in Beverley, East Yorkshire, and will end on Sunday, 1 May in the North Yorkshire resort of Scarborough.

    The event was launched after Yorkshire hosted the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014.  

  71. Vote closed!


    Louis van Gaal

    The results are in.

    We asked you whether Manchester United are better than they were this time last year.

    A whopping 70% of you said no, they have gone backwards.

    Sorry, Louis. 

    BBC Sport vote
  72. Rojo's road to recovery


    Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has posted a picture on Instagram from his hospital bed after undergoing shoulder surgery.

    The 25-year-old Argentina international said: "My operation was a success. Thank you to my beautiful wife, always with me. Thank you everyone for your messages of love and support."

    Marcos Rojo
  73. Survival of the fittest


    Our friends over at Opta have crunched some number and decided that Bournemouth are the fittest team in the Premier League as they run further than anyone else.

    The Cherries, who are 17th in the table, have covered more ground than any other top flight side this season and midfielder Andrew Surman has run 183.54km in total - the furthest of any Premier League player. 

    His team-mate Matt Ritchie is third on the running list with 176.67km covered and he told BBC Radio Solent: "I think we have all really upped our fitness since last season.

    "We do not often look like we are getting outmuscled or bullied so that is a good sign."

    Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie
  74. Champions League last 16



    In recent seasons, Benfica have made something of a habit of departing the Champions League at the group stage before going on a run to the Europa League final. However, after last seasons bottom-place group finish, they have turned their fortunes around this campaign to reach the last 16 for the first time since 2011-12.

    Two defeats, one at Galatasaray, the other in their final game at home against Atletico Madrid, meant they had to settle for second place in Group C. But they will provide a challenge to whichever group winner draws them in the first knockout round.

    Nicolas Gaitan remains a key player for the Portuguese side. He scored three in the group stages, while Raul Jimenez and Kostas Mitroglou (remember him Fulham fans?) netting twice each.

    Group record: W3 D1 L2 GD2 P 10

    CL top-scorer: Nicolas Gaitan (3)

    European Cup best: Winners (twice)

  75. On this day...

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

    He took charge of 185 games - winning 71 and drawing 41 - before leaving to join Crystal Palace in January. He's doing pretty well there.

    Alan Pardew
  76. Get Involved


    Louis van Gaal

    Have Manchester United improved this season? Manager Louis van Gaal thinks so.

    Have your say on #bbcsportsday or on Facebook. 

    Jean-Paul Breyer: It feels as if United have built a castle wall but with no-one to throw the arrows. Great defence but no attack threat.  

    Simon: We have improved a little but not £200m+ improved! Overspent and underachieved so far. Need more world class players!  

    Tun King Toby: I don't see United qualifying for the next Champions League with the way we are playing right now . We will either end up 5th or 6th or down the line. It's really heartbreaking. Van Gaal must go .

  77. Tour de Yorkshire route

    Road Cycling

    At 11:30 GMT, the route for next year's Tour de Yorkshire will be announced. 

    BBC Leeds are raring to go at the big unveiling. We'll bring you the news on Sportsday when it's announced.

  78. Champions League last 16

    Atletico Madrid

    Diego Simeone

    It seems like every year, Diego Simeone has his successfulAtletico Madrid team pillaged, leaving the Argentine to rebuild again. And yet, every season, he produces a highly-competitive outfit. This year is no exception. Last summer, the likes of Arda Turan and Mario Mandzukic departed the club for big money, yet in came Jackson Martinez and Luciano Vietto, among others, and again Atletico are in the mix.

    Simeone's men are second in the La Liga table and cruised into the last 16 of the Champions League. Their only defeat in Group C came at home to Benfica, a result they made up for by beating the Portuguese side away in their final match.

    Their dangerman? Has to be the sought-after Antoine Griezmann. If he continues to perform to his current level, Simeone will be doing another rebuilding job next summer.

    Group record:W4 D1 L1 GD8 P13

    CL top-scorer:Antoine Griezmann (4)

    European Cup best:Runners-up (twice)


    Saido Berahino

    You've been spotted, Saido Berahino.    

    West Brom's 22-year-old striker, who wanted to leave the Baggies in August, has 'liked' a series of tweets criticising his club.

    And the Daily Telegraph have screen-grabbed the lot of them.

    Get your daily fix of football gossip on this link.


  80. Exeter can cope without Slade - Baxter

    Rugby Union

    Exeter Chiefs' Henry Slade

    Exeter will be able to cope without injured England centre Henry Slade, says Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter. 

    Slade is out for at least four months after breaking his leg in Sunday's 41-27 win at Wasps. 

    "Ian Whitten and Sam Hill have been fighting it out for one centre spot really, now they're going to get to fight it out for two," Baxter said. 

    "We've got another international centre in Michele Campagnaro waiting in the wings, Jack Nowell's an international player who can play at centre."

  81. Champions League last 16

    PSV Eindhoven

    Jurgen Locadia (front) of PSV celebrates with team-mates

    A defeat at Old Trafford in their penultimate Group B game would have ended PSV's involvement in this season's Champions League. That they battled to a well-earned goalless draw that night before capitalising on Manchester United's failure at Wolfsburg to qualify is a testimony to the Dutch side's resilience.

    For not the first time in recent years, United swooped in to snatch away their star player in the summer - Memphis Depay for £31m. Phillip Cocu's side dusted themselves off, though, and carried on. That their progress came at the expense of United will be particularly sweet.

    One-time Newcastle flop Luuk de Jong has been the star man for PSV this season, scoring a league-high 13 goals to keep them in contention for the Eredivisie title and netting twice in the Champions League.

    Group record: W3 D1 L2 GD1 P10

    CL top-scorer: Luuk de Jong (2)

    European Cup best: Winners (1987-88)

  82. Maloney speaks out on Fury


    Kellie Maloney

    Boxing promoter Kellie Maloney spoke to BBC Breakfast on Wednesday about the furore surrounding Tyson Fury.

    The world heavyweight champion has been at the centre of controversy following his comments about women and gay people.  

    Maloney said: "His sporting achievement is fantastic but his comments leave a lot to be desired. Something needs to be done, his management have made an error, they should put someone with him, they know what he is like, he just spouts off on Twitter."

    The full interviewcan be seen here. 

  83. Federer and Edberg split


    Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer

    He described Stefan Edberg as his "childhood idol"

    But world number three Roger Federer has split with his Swedish coach after working together for two years.

    Federer, 34, reached the Wimbledon and US Open finals this year but lost both to Novak Djokovic.

    In a statement, the Swiss 17-time Grand Slam winner said it was a "dream come true" to work with Edberg, won six Slams himself as a player in the 1980s and '90s.

  84. Get Involved


    Louis van Gaal says his Manchester United side have improved since last season, despite going out of the Champions League on Tuesday. Do you agree?

    Get involved on #bbcsportsday or Facebook.  

    Noel O'Kane: United are no better and no worse than last year. Just like in matches they appear to be going sideways and not forward.  

    Ericky Vand: MUFC have not improved from last season but have completely decreased under LVG.

    Drshadrack: LVG has improved MU but we are desperate for a world class striker. That is the difference between being top & almost top   

  85. Return of the Mack


    Brain McDermott

    Brian McDermott is set to return to Reading as the Championship club's new manager, reports BBC Radio Berkshire.

    The 54-year-old, who led the Royals to promotion to the Premier League in 2012, will replace Steve Clarke, who was sacked last week.

    Former Reading player Ady Williams beat us to the punch on the Return of the Mack puns...

  86. Stay or go?


    Garry Monk

    Former Swansea City captain Alan Tate says the club should back or "get rid of" manager Garry Monk.

    Swans chairman Huw Jenkins earlier stated "something needs to change" at the Premier League strugglers, who have won only one of their last 11 league matches.

    "I wish they'd either come out and back him or get rid of him," said Tate of his former team-mate.

    "Either way, I think he'd rather know, rather than hanging on."  

  87. Champions League last 16


    Wolfsburg players

    Wolfsburg's progress to the knock-out stages came courtesy of a first-place Group B finish and at the expense of Manchester United following a dramatic night in Germany that saw Dieter Hecking's side come from behind to win 3-2. It is the first time the Bundesliga club have reached the knockout stages, having failed to progress from their group in their only previous Champions League campaign in 2009-10.

    It has been a somewhat inconsistent domestic campaign for Wolfsburg so far, although they remain just outside the top four of the Bundesliga table. And with the likes Andre Schurrle and Julian Draxler in their midfield, they pose a potentially tricky task for any opponent.

    Group record: W4 D0 L2 GD3 P12

    CL top-scorer: Naldo (2)

    European Cup best: Last 16 (2015-16)

  88. Try Fest at Aberavon

    Rugby Union

    While some Manchester United fans are calling Louis van Gaal's side "boring"falseafter drawing five of their last 10 games 0-0, spare a thought for followers of Welsh rugby clubs Aberavon and Pontypridd.

    They played out a scoreless 80 minutes in the Welsh Challenge Cup Pool B last night

    It was the first 0-0 scoreline in the competition this season - and almost certainly the last.

  89. Vote time

    Are Man Utd better than last year?

    Louis van Gaal

    It is vote time. And we've got a simple question for you: Are Manchester United better then they were last year?

    United manager Louis van Gaal certainly thinks so, but do you agree?

    To vote, simply press on your answer to the right of this page on desktops, or press on the tab at the top of the page if you are on mobile.

    The vote will close at 11:30 GMT.

  90. Sturridge injured...again


    England striker Daniel Sturridge has been jinxed by injury while at Liverpool.

    And he's been ruled out again for several weeks after suffering a hamstring problem during Sunday's defeat by Newcastle.  

    Thigh, calf and hip injuries restricted Sturridge to 18 appearances last season and he has played only six games this term - although he has bagged four goals along the way. 

    Daniel Sturridge
  91. Champions League last 16

    Paris St-Germain

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Since coming into all their millions, Paris St-Germain are still waiting for their first truly breakthrough year in the Champions League. Quarter-finalists for the last three seasons, the French champions will be hoping to at least go one stage further this campaign.

    They are currently 15 points clear in Ligue 1 after just 17 games and enjoyed a good group stage, winning four of their games and conceding only one goal. Unfortunately, they were in a group with Real Madrid and that one goal conceded was the one that inflicted their only defeat, at the Bernabeu. As a result, they had to settle for second place.

    However, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in attack, anything is possible. And we do mean anything.

    Group record: W4 D1 L1 GD11 P13

    CL top-scorer: Angel di Maria (3)

    European Cup best: Semi-final (1994-95)

  92. Get Involved


    Are Manchester United better than last season, as manager Louis van Gaal suggests?

    Adam Taylor: Improved from last vs Wolfsburg & Everton, great attacking + youth. Need more mobility in CM, affecting both attack and defence.  

    Jon Gates: Look at the league. Not one club is out and out winning every game. Sir Alex over achieved on so many occasions but it wasn't luck. He was the best manager for 30 years. United fans have had it too easy for years. Is there really any surprise Sir Alex leaving has lead to this? No one should be surprised.

    Get involved on #bbcsportsday or on Facebook.