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Sportsday Live - Wednesday 5 October

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2158 GOLF: Former world number one Tiger Woods admits he has struggled in practice as he gets ready to return to action at this week's Frys.com Open at CordeValle golf club in California. Woods is back for his first tournament since failing to make the cut at the US PGA Championship owing to injury and has a new caddie in Joe LaCava. "I've been playing a lot of holes and getting my instincts back," he said. "Joey came out here a couple of days ago and worked the course and got all the numbers. I told him what I wanted on each hole. So far I have struggled on the pace, I`ve been trying to get a feel for the course. I need to do some work on that and be ready."

2138 FOOTBALL: In the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, Crewe advance after a 1-0 win over Macclesfield in the Northern section second round, thanks to a Max Clayton goal. Brentford are through in the Southern section after beating Charlton 3-0.

2130 MOTOGP: Ducati have confirmed that nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi fractured a finger when he crashed out of the Japanese MotoGP last Sunday. However the Italian will not miss the next race in Australia on 16 October.

2122 FOOTBALL: Former Fulham, Manchester City and Blackburn manager Mark Hughes tells BBC Sport: "I'm a professional football manager, I'm looking for a position if and when one comes available. Just about making sure the next one is one I feel I can move forward in. Nothing's close at the moment. Ideally it would be in the Premier League, that's the place everyone wants to work. I've proved myself at Premier League level over a decent period of time, so I would be disappointed if those opportunities weren't there."

2101 FOOTBALL: Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck on BBC Radio 5 Live: "We're not currently in talks about a new stadium. With the advent of digital media, we don't know what the right size of stadium will be 10 years from now. But at the moment, when we have a Champions League game here and we have to reduce our capacity to accommodate television requirements, that is frustrating."

2051 RUGBY UNION: Cardiff Blues have confirmed that chief executive Robert Norster is to leave the region. The former Wales lock was appointed Cardiff RFC chief executive in 2001 and continued as Blues chief following the advent of regional rugby in 2003.

2039 RUGBY UNION: Ireland coach Declan Kidney tells BBC Sport he is remaining upbeat on the chances of Rory Best being fit to face Wales in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final.

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2028 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "Tevez plans to return from Arg next week and report to Carrington on Thurs. Wife and two children now living with him in Cheshire."

2025 CRICKET: Former captain Mike Gatting reflects on BBC Radio 5 live on the life of England team-mate and fast bowler Graham Dilley, who died on Wednesday after a short illness.

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2018 FOOTBALL: A Kevin O'Connor penalty puts Brentford 2-0 up at Charlton in their Johnstone's Paint Trophy second-round tie.

2001 BOXING: British super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua says he is not surprised by his victory over Italy's reigning world and Olympic champion Roberto Cammarelle at the world Championships in Azerbaijan. "I'm not shocked about it. It's not always the name but who is the best boxer on the day," he said.

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1952 FOOTBALL: Brentford take the lead against Charlton in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy through Blair Adams' second-minute goal.

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1948 FOOTBALL: Everton chairman Bill Kenwright tells BBC Radio 5 Live that Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour would have been interested in buying the Goodison Park side had the Toffees had the advantage of a new stadium. When asked if he would still like to sell the club he replies: "'Like' is far too small a word. 'Love', 'need' is more like it".

1935 BASKETBALL: Great Britain star Luol Deng features on the latest issue of "Brixton pound" banknotes. The currency, an attempt to boost civic pride and the local economy, is accepted by some shops and services in the south London suburb.

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1920 RUGBY UNION: Hooker John Smit returns to the starting line-up to lead South Africa in Sunday's World Cup quarter-final against Australia after being named amongst the replacements for his team's final pool match against Samoa. Bismarck du Plessis returns to the bench.

1912 ARCHERY: Great Britain lose out in a bronze medal match against Japan at the London Classic at Lord's to narrowly miss making the podium at the London 2012 test event.

1905 BOXING: Great Britain boxers guarantee themsleves four medals in an impressive showing at the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday. Super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua beat the reigning world and Olympic champion Roberto Cammarelle to ensure at least bronze. Luke Campbell, Tom Stalker and Andrew Selby also secure places in Friday's semi-finals.

1856 FOOTBALL: Manchester City defender Micah Richards still admires Carlos Tevez despite the controversy surrounding the Argentine's failure to come on as a substitute against Bayern Munich last week. "I like Carlos Tevez. He's probably the best striker I've played with," Richards told the Guardian.

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1842 CRICKET: England spinner Graeme Swann on Twitter: "I can't believe the news about Graham Dilley. Will be greatly missed by all in English and Loughborough cricket. A true Ashes hero."

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1839 GET INVOLVED: Arnie, on Mourinho's suspension by the Spanish FA, via Twitter: "Jose Mourinho!! He's crazy at times but I love his passion. Will be a great replacement for Fergie ... sometime"

1835 ATHLETICS: 2010 winner Edna Kiplagat has withdrawn from the New York City Marathon next month after a knee injury suffered by the Kenyan in victory at September's world championships left her short of preparation.

1827 RUGBY LEAGUE: The Rugby Football League has announced that Phil Bentham will be referee for Saturday's Super League Grand Final between St Helens and Leeds Rhinos at Old Trafford. James Child and Tony Martin have been selected as the touch-judges.

1821 RUGBY UNION: Worcester Warriors head coach Richard Hill tells BBC Hereford & Worcester that scrum-half Shaun Perry faces six months on the sidelines after a scan on his injured knee revealed cruciate ligament damage.

1815 FOOTBALL: Chicago Fire deny entering negotiations to sign Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand after media reports linked the franchise to the 32-year-old. "We have watched and admired the play of Rio Ferdinand for a number of years," said a club statement. "However, there is no substance to these current reports that the Fire is negotiating with Manchester United and the player to bring him to Chicago."

1756 HORSE RACING: Defending jockeys champion and current leader Paul Hanagan lands a double at Nottingham to end a 29-ride losing run stretching back to 29 September to stretch his lead over Kieren Fallon to nine winners while third-placed Silvestre de Sousa incurs a four-day ban to put a dent in his title hopes.

1750 FOOTBALL: Scotland captain Darren Fletcher has been ruled out of Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Liechtenstein through illness, but is still in contention to face Spain on Tuesday, the SFA have announced.

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1742 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Matt Slater on Twitter: "England 2018 World Cup bid chief Andy Anson admits 2018 team were embarrassed by FA's poor attendence record at Uefa, we should be all over Uefa "like a rash"

1732 TENNIS: The Davis Cup final between Spain and Argentina will be held in Seville on 2-4 December. It will be the second time that the final has been staged in the city after Spain hosted, and beat, the United States in the 2004 decider.

1725 FOOTBALL: Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton believes the current squad need to show character to turn their season around. They currently trail table toppers Rangers by 10 points in the SPL.

1715 FOOTBALL: Qatar's World Cup chief Hassan al Thawadi admits he is surprised by the criticism of Fifa's decision to award his country the right to host the 2022 competition. He told the Leaders in Football conference: "We did not expect this avalanche of allegations and accusations. Baseless accusations were made against our bid, we were presumed guilty before innocent without a shred of evidence being produced. We conducted our bid to the highest ethical and moral standards. To hear the innuendos being the main headline hurt us."

1706 FOOTBALL: Stoke striker Mamady Sidibe has told the club website that he feared his career was over after rupturing an Achilles tendon for a second time in February. The 31-year-old Mali international, whose last first-team appearance was more than 13 months ago, played for the reserves last week and is hoping to reclaim a place in Tony Pulis' side soon.

1700 FOOTBALL:Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington tells BBC Sport that defender Jonny Evans has been ruled out of the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Estonia and Italy with an ankle injury.

1654 RUGBY LEAGUE: Australian stand-off Anthony Watts has become the Widnes Vikings' 12th new signing for next season. The 25-year-old, who has signed a one-year deal at the club, made his NRL debut with Cronulla in 2007 and spent three seasons at North Queensland Cowboys before joining Sydney Roosters for the 2011 campaign.

1646 BOXING: Finchley super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua produces an upset to outpoint reigning world and Olympic champion Roberto Cammarelle and book his place at the London 2012 Olympics.

1637 FOOTBALL:Accrington defender Tom Bender has been discharged from hospital after being injured in an accidental collision with team-mate Ian Dunbavin during Tuesday night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy game against Tranmere, which was subsequently abandoned.

1635 RUGBY LEAGUE: Warrington official Phil Bentham, who was in charge of this year's Challenge Cup final, has been named as referee for Saturday's Super League Grand Final between St Helens and Leeds at Old Trafford. Ben Thaler will be video referee.

1632 CRICKET: BBC Sport's James Pearce at the Pakistan cricketers spot-fixing trial: "Prosecution say when undercover journalist told Majeed (agent) he needed 3 players to help betting, agent replied "Boss, I've got 6 already." Majeed (agent) told undercover journalist "I've been doing it with them (players) for about 2 1/2 years and we've made masses of money."

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1625 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Matt Slater on Twitter: "Joorabchian admits there's a "problem in general" with players refusing to play, refers to Fabregas, Nasri + Modric"

1615 OLYMPICS: This week, Lord's hosts a London 2012 Olympic test event for the world's best archers. Four-time Olympic rowing gold medallist and BBC presenter Matthew Pinsent is shown how to "loose" an arrow by Team GB archer, and veteran of five Olympic Games, Alison Williamson.

1608 FOOTBALL: Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has given late call-ups to striker Pablo Osvaldo and defender Angelo Ogbonna after Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli was ruled out of Friday's Group C Euro 2012 qualifier against Serbia with a back injury.

1602 RUGBY UNION: Gloucester's Samoan international centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu will face a World Cup misconduct hearing on Saturday 15 October after his case was again adjourned in Auckland. Fuimaono-Sapolu was charged after calling referee Nigel Owens "biased" and "racist" in a Twitter rant, claims Welshman Owens has denied.

1558 CRICKET: Prosecutors have been outlining the case against two Pakistani Test cricketers accused of taking bribes to bowl deliberate no balls during last summer's tour of England. According to BBC sports news correspondent James Pearce, the prosecution opened by saying: "This case reveals a depressing tale of rampant corruption at heart of International Cricket."

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1550 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Matt Slater on Twitter: "Joorabchian says Spanish interpreter botched translation, there was confusion on bench after Dzeko came off & Tevez was warmed up"

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1540 FOOTBALL: Northern Ireland defender Chris Baird has defended under-pressure manager Nigel Worthington.The former Norwich boss has come in for criticism from some fans, which reached fever pitch when a series of abject defensive errors saw his side lose 4-1 in Tallinn last month to realistically end their play-off hopes." A lot of guys have said they back Nigel and I'm one of them," Baird told Press Association Sport. "He has been fantastic for us. He has been great for our country and great for the players who have worked under him. He has everyone's respect, he's a good coach and I back him."


1530 FOOTBALL: Everton chairman Bill Kenwright claims the club could have been taken over by the Abu Dhabi group who purchased Manchester City if plans for a new Toffees stadium had been in place. 5 live Sport comes live from the Leaders in Football conference at Stamford Bridge from 1900 BST on Wednesday.

1517 FOOTBALL: Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has backed manager Arsene Wenger to get the Gunners back on track after insisting criticism of the French coach is a joke. "He has been there for 15 years and been great for Arsenal. The criticism Arsene gets is just a joke," Wilshere told the Evening Standard. "We do get a harder time from the critics than most teams but we haven't won anything for six years and that's not good enough for Arsenal. It is harsh, though, especially on the boss."We started a bit slowly but we still feel we can finish in the top four."

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1508 FOOTBALL: Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny on Twitter: "I never said I deserve an Arsenal armband. I said that I would love to one day take a responsibilty of being an Arsenal skipper."

1454 CRICKET: Somerset are through to the semi-finals Champions League Twenty20 in India. Craig Kieswetter top scored with 56, as Somerset reached 147-4 after 20 overs. In reply two wickets each from Alfonso Thomas and Steve Kirby helped Somerset restrict the South African's to 134-8 to win by 12 runs.

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1444 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "Qatar 2022 boss Hassan Al Thawadi says fully focused on hosting summer World Cup, will show no need for it to take place in winter."

1438 FOOTBALL: International qualifiers will be played across six days between Thursdays and Tuesdays from 2014 to maximise TV coverage and broadcast income, UEFA have announced. The move will see national teams having just a two-day break between matches in World Cup and European Championship double-headers "This has been unanimously supported by all 53 national associations. "If we leave the weekend to other sports then in the medium and long-term it will be damaging." UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino told the Leaders in Football conference in London:

1429 FOOTBALL: Football Association general secretary Alex Horne has confirmed that goal-line technology will not be used in the Premier League next season. Horne said accuracy testing would not be complete in time for the 2012-13 campaign, with 2013-14 more realistic. The International Football Association Board (IFAB) will not approve any technology until after the 2012 European Championships finals.

1420 FOOTBALL: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho will be banned for two matches for jabbing his finger into the eye of Barcelona's assistant coach at the end of a match in August, the Spanish football federation said Wednesday. Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova was banned for one match for responding to Mourinho by slapping him, the federation said.

1412 CRICKET: Middlesex Managing Director of Cricket Angus Fraser tells BBC London 94.9 he is closing in on a deal for Sussex all-rounder Ollie Rayner but will not be making drastic changes to his squad following promotion to Division One.

1407 FOOTBALL: Uefa plans to spread international matches across the week, including Saturday and Sunday, in a bid to boost the national team game according to general secretary Gianni Infantino. "If we leave weekends to other sports in the long term it will be damaging," he said at the Leaders in Football conference.

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1401 CRICKET: BBC Test Match Special commentator Jonathan Agnew on Twitter: "Desperately sad news re Graham Dilley. Gentle giant, fast bowler and excellent coach. First played each other aged 16. Very sadly missed"

1358 CRICKET: England legend Ian Botham recounts his memories of former team-mate Graham Dilley to Sky Sports News: "He was a fantastic cricketer, he had a lot of talent and would have played more for England but for a lot of injuries. He had a good sense of humour and always wanted to be part of the party. He was great to be around, it is a very sad day."

1353 CYCLING: Recently crowned road race world champion Mark Cavendish, who has been linked with a move to Team Sky, will not take part in Thursday's Paris-Bourges race. No reason has been given for his withdrawal by the race's organisers.

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1345 CRICKET: England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad on Twitter: "Very sad to hear about Graham Dilley. Wonderful fast bowler and lovely man. 52 is too young. RIP"

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1342 CRICKET: Former England captain Kevin Pietersen on Twitter: "What an amazing guy Graham Dilley was.. Always smiling & always helping spread his knowledge about our great game. RIP Dill!!! Sad day.."

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1338 CRICKET: Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Twitter: "Absolutely Gutted.. RIP Graham Dilley.. "

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1336 CRICKET: England bowler Monty Panesar on Twitter: "So sad to hear my uni coach passed away graham dilley,great man and top coach did a lot for me ,will miss him "

1334 FOOTBALL: The Football Association is yet to begin its search for a new coach to succeed Fabio Capello, says FA chairman David Bernstein. "It is not something on our agenda at the moment. We are completely behind Fabio. You cannot be half-pregnant with these things," Berstein told the Leaders in Football conference.

1323 CRICKET: "Graham made a life-long contribution to the game of cricket at all levels and we are deeply saddened by the sad news this morning," says England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive David Collier.

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1320 CRICKET: Former England fast bowler Graham Dilley has died at the age of 52 after a short illness.

1318 OLYMPICS: Spectators at the London 2012 Olympic Games will not be allowed to take drinks or liquids in more than 100ml containers into venues. Organisers are considering how much food fans may be able to bring in with them.

1315 FOOTBALL: Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will is not considering a possible move to the United States and Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire according to his representative Jamie Moralee. "These stories are nothing to do with Rio. We have never discussed anything beyond life at Manchester United because that is all he cares about," Moralee told Press Association Sport.

1308 OLYMPICS: Every British athlete competing at next year's London Olympics will receive two free tickets allowing family members to attend their first competition event at the games. British Olympic Association chief executive Andy Hunt says "the program will ensure athletes aren't distracted in the most important moments of their life."

1300 FOOTBALL: BBC Radio Sheffield understand that Doncaster are planning a bid for former Real Madrid midfielder Mamadou Diarra. Talks have been held between Rovers and the player's representative. Diarra, from Mali, is a free agent after leaving Monaco in the summer.

1252 TENNIS: Fernando Verdasco, Mikhail Youzhny and Ivan Ljubicic are among the second-round winners at the China Open in Beijing after victories over Flavio Cipolla, Feliciano Lopez and Florian Mayer respectively.

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1239 GET INVOLVED: Paul Dickson on Twitter: "Johnny is a 12 these days and plays instead of Tindall if he is kicking. Toby more creative at 10"

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1236 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Matt Slater on Twitter: "[Uefa general secretary Gianni] Infantino admits ticket prices for Wembley CL Final "slipped through Uefa's net" & won't be so high in 2013"

1231 FOOTBALL: Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is a doubt for Italy's Euro 2012 qualifier in Serbia on Friday after picking up a back injury. Balotelli's injury is a further setback for the Italians, who are already without Inter Milan forward Giampaolo Pazzini (foot) and are sweating on the fitness of Villarreal frontman Giuseppe Rossi (knee).


1224 RUGBY WORLD CUP: All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has returned to training but winger Zac Guildford could miss the quarter-final against Argentina on Sunday after suffering a suspected hamstring injury in training. Guildford, who scored four tries against Canada, said: "I just pulled up a bit short at training, we haven't assessed it yet."


1215 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Matt Slater on Twitter: "Uefa wants international games played every day Thurs-Tues, so team could play Thurs & Sun or Sat & Tues #leaders"

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1215 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "FA's Bernstein on next Eng manager: "Not something on our agenda at moment. You can't be half-pregnant. We are completely behind Fabio"

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1155 ATHLETICS: Dai Greene on Twitter: "Just found out I finished 3rd in the European Athlete of the Year Award. Not to bad, don't know why Lemaitre was 2nd tho??

1151 FOOTBALL: Robert Snodgrass has been ruled out of the Scotland squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Spain with an ankle injury, the Scottish Football Association have confirmed. Wigan midfielder James McArthur has been called up.

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1143 FOOTBALL: Blackburn boss Steve Kean has denied that his trip to India to meet the club's owners might be his last act as manager with Rovers 19th in the table and sections of the Ewood Park support calling for his sacking. " "We always have a sit down and a talk," Kean told Sky Sports News. "I think people will say that I have been summoned or called, but I have heard that probably on my last six or seven trips."

1121 CYCLING: British riders David Millar, Alex Dowsett, Christopher Froome and Stephen Cummings fill the remainder of the top-five stage positions behind German world champion Tony Martin in the Tour of Beijing's opening time trial.

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1114 ATHLETICS: Paula Radcliffe on Twitter: Congrats to Mo Farah European Athlete of the Year.
Farah won world 5,000m gold and 10,000m silver in Daegu in September.

1106 FOOTBALL: Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson says that he has already dicussed the possibility of a move to the Walkers Stadium with former England captain David Beckham and the midfielder has not ruled out the possibility. "Beckham, he will never say no to me - he says, 'Sven, we'll see, we'll see'," Eriksson told the Times. "The big thing is what he wants to do when his contract finishes in LA. Will he want to go on playing?"

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1055 GET INVOLVED: Jonathan Stevenson on Twitter: "The odds on Roy Keane becoming new Forest boss have tumbled since Tues evening. Now evens in some places "

1050 RUGBY UNION: Wasps have announced owner Steve Hayes has started the search for his successor after his plans to develop a new stadium in High Wycombe fell through.

1044 FORMULA ONE: Jenson Button says that it was an easy decision to extend his contract with McLaren. "I've won four of the greatest races of my life here, I'm currently lying second in the drivers' world championship, and I feel that I'm driving better than ever. You can only achieve that with the right level of support - and I truly believe that the passion and determination to win are stronger here than anywhere else," he said.

1040 TENNIS: British number one Andy Murray beats Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 7-6 (7-4) 2-6 6-4 in the first round of the Japan Open in Tokyo.

1032 FOOTBALL: FIFA vice-president Julio Grondona has apologised for his "unacceptable" attack on England, Football Association chairman David Bernstein reveals. Grondona, who is also president of his native Argentina's national association, described the English as "liars" and "pirates" at the FIFA Congress in Zurich in June, but has since sent a letter of apology.

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1021 ATHLETICS Mo Farah has today been named as the men's European Athlete of the Year 2011 by European Athletics.

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1016 FORMULA ONE: Britain's 2009 world champion Jenson Button has signed a new multi-year contract with McLaren.


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1015 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "FA chairman Bernstein says Eng need to build international relations. Says now on good terms with Platini, met privately with Blatter. "

1007 CRICKET: England's cricket team are yet to find out who they will face in their two practice matches ahead of five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 clash against India. Fielding coach Richard Halsall, in charge of the team until chief Andy Flower arrives this week, admitted: "I understand we are struggling to find a team to play against."

1001 CYCLING: Team Sky have bolstered their squad for the 2012 season with the signing of experienced American Danny Pate on a two-year contract. The 32-year-old will join the team from HTC-Highroad. "I was fortunate to have a number of offers from teams for next season. After riding with HTC-Highroad, I wanted to stay at the highest level in cycling and be part of the most professional team in the peloton. That is why I have chosen Team Sky and I am delighted to be joining one of the best-structured teams ever in cycling."

0954 FOOTBALL: Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour remains top of FourFourTwo's Football Rich List for the 2011-12 season, with the magazine reporting he is worth £20billion. Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov is now wealthier than QPR shareholder Lakshmi Mittal. Usmanov is now reported to be worth £12.4bn.

0943 FORMULA ONE: Red Bull's Mark Webber has been talking to BBC Sport's Andrew Benson about his five favourite all-time races for BBC Sport's classic Formula 1 series.

0936 RUGBY WORLD CUP: England's Toby Flood: "You want to be selected on current form, not because eight years ago you were outstanding - I was playing really well when I was 12," said Flood."At the same time, you understand that some people have the ability - and Jonny was phenomenal the day he kicked them out of the World Cup in Paris, which will help his side of the argument."


0926 RUGBY LEAGUE: Manly Sea Eagles loose forward Glenn Stewart, man of the match in Sunday's NRL Grand Final, has withdrawn from Australia's Four Nations squad on compassionate grounds. Stewart, has been replaced by St George Illawarra back-rower Beau Scott in coach Tim Sheens' 24-man squad for next week's Test against New Zealand and Great Britain.

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0917 GET INVOLVED: bluesmikeyfish on Twitter: #bbcsportsday "I would honestly play both Wilkinson and Flood, and drop Tindall who really hasn't impressed in New Zealand"

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0911 RUGBY UNION: BBC Sport's Dan Roan on Twitter: "NZ Rugby World Cup 2011 supremo Martin Snedden tells me format of the competition is "not right" and needs to change." click here to here Snedden interview.

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0902 FOOTBALL: Recently-appointed Montenegro coach Branko Brnovic described England manager Fabio Capello as a "role model" ahead of the visit of the Group G leaders to Podgorica on Friday. "I admire and respect everything that Fabio Capello did in his career and he must be a role model for every young coach," said Brnovic, "On Friday, we will be in the same position, coaching 11 players who will try to win a very important match. So my goal is not to beat Capello because the most important thing is that Montenegro beat England. If that happens, the players will be heroes, not me.

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0855 FOOTBALL: UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Bulgarian Football Union with respect to last month's UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying match between Bulgaria and England.

0847 RUGBY WORLD CUP: Argentina winger Horacio Agulla believes his team must play with "heart and lots of passion" in Sunday's quarter-final against favourites New Zealand. "It's a big challenge for us playing against the best team in the world," he said. "You cannot give them 10 minutes, otherwise they can score five tries over you. We have to be smart."

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0839 GET INVOLVED: Aram Karakashian on Twitter: #bbcsportsday "Match against France is where it really matters. Wilko has got the experience to handle it and prove his doubters wrong! "


0831 FOOTBALL: Sunderland owner Ellis Short will not sack manager Steve Bruce unless the situation at the club becomes "apocalyptic", according to former chairman Niall Quinn. He told the Daily Mail: "Steve is not isolated by this, it's the exact opposite."It's time for him to build a closer relationship with Ellis. "Steve will get time for this team to gel. There's another window looming. Unless the situation becomes apocalyptic, and it's no good worrying about that, Steve will get time."

0823 RUGBY WORLD CUP: South Africa's Bakkies Botha has declared himself fit for the quarter-final match against Australia. The Springboks, however, have postponed their team announcement until Friday because of uncertainly over Bryan Habana (leg bruising), J.P Pietersen (knee) and Francois Hougaard (head knock).

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0819 GET INVOLVED: Jonny Wilkinson to start for England in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against France, or does Toby Flood deserve his chance? Get involved via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

0813 RUGBY WORLD CUP: Ireland have included injury doubt Rory Best in their starting line-up as they name an unchanged team for the World Cup quarter-final against Wales. Best injured his shoulder during the 36-6 Pool C win over Italy on Sunday. The hooker's AC joint is responding well to treatment, but Sean Cronin is on standby if Best does not recover.

0807 RUGBY WORLD CUP: BBC Sport understand's England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson will start in the World Cup quarter-final against France. Wilkinson has shaken off an arm injury and will be selected ahead of Toby Flood for Saturday's showdown. "Wilkinson has returned to full fitness and will play against France," said BBC rugby correspondent Ian Robertson.


0800: FOOTBALL - Three tales from Wednesday's gossip column:

Tottenham are attempting a last-minute bid to sign Bradford's 15-year-old "wonderkid" George Green who was thought to have opted to join Everton. (Daily Mirror) Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez could be set to join fellow Argentine Diego Maradona, who manages Al Wasl in Dubai. (TalkSport) American Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire are reportedly keen to sign Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand. (Daily Mail)




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Former England bowler Dilley dies
06 Oct 11 |  Cricket
Liechtenstein 0-1 Scotland
08 Oct 11 |  Scotland
FA 'yet to begin manager search'
05 Oct 11 |  Football
Wednesday's gossip column
05 Oct 11 |  Gossip


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