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Manchester City have been linked with moves for AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic
and Real Madrid's 15-year-old forward Jose Angel Pozo
England under-21s manager Stuart Pearce
, speaking on 5 live following
his side's 2-1 victory over Norway,
has revealed the reasons why he has ruled himself out of the running to replace Fabio Capello as coach of the senior side. "I have managed a football team - be it in the Premier League or international football - for less than 200 matches," he said. "I think the job needs somebody who is vastly experienced. Maybe I am doing myself down, but I watch lots of coaches and managers in training, and sometimes I walk away thinking I know nothing about the game."
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Top 14 side Bayonne
are to allow male and female spectators to get in for half-price at Friday's clash with Montpellier if they are sporting a moustache, the club announce. Bayonne's marketing gimmick is a nod to France coach Marc Lievremont, who has been growing a moustache for the past week since losing a bet at the World Cup to France's English defensive coach David Ellis.
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hold on for a vital
away to Norway Under-21s
and remain the only team in Euro 2013 qualifying Group 8 with a 100% record.
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"Having Rooney back after two games fresh and with a point to prove may not be a bad thing if were looking for positives #bbcsportsday"
Organisers have declared their satisfaction with preparations for the 2012 Olympics after the London Classic, a
test event for next year's Games,
concluded at Lord's. World Archery general secretary Tom Dielen says: "World Archery is very excited about holding Olympic archery in this fantastic venue. The athletes, staff and volunteers all fell in love with Lord's and we can't wait for Lord's to become the home of Archery next summer."
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"Rooney can't win. If England do badly with him, he's to blame; without him, he's to blame. #bbcsportsday"
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concede for the first time in Euro 2013 qualifying as Valon Berisha pulls a goal back for Norway Under 21s
England lead 2-1.
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"Richard Hughes told stewards that 6th 'hit' was corrective measure. Said: 'But they said six was six...I feel a bit hard done by."
have confirmed they have cancelled the contract of manager Steve Tilson
and his assistant Paul Brush. Head of Youth Grant Brown has taken over first-team duties until a permanent manager is found. The club are currently 19th in the Conference table.
Donald McIntyre has resigned as Rangers'
finance director - five months after being suspended by the Scottish champions, reports
England's failed 2018 World Cup bid
cost £21m, according to
the latest Football Association accounts.
The FA accounts show that although net spending was £14m, the total expenditure over two years was £21m. Sports minister Hugh Robertson told the Leaders in Football conference last week that the investment was £15m.
Future Aston Villa
contracts will contain a mandatory clause stating players must live within a 30-mile radius of Bodymoor Heath training ground, reports the
It follows the board and management's concerns that long daily commutes could have an adverse effect on the physical well-being of players.
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Top jockey Richard Hughes
and apprentice Kieren Fox
are the first to fall foul of racing's strict new rules on jockeys' use of their whips during races. Riding at Salibury today, Hughes received a 5-day ban and Fox 15 days for over-use of the whip. Both also lose their riding fees and prize money.
Bristol City chairman Colin Sexstone
says it is unlikely they will appoint a new manager by the weekend. Keith Millen left his position last Monday after a year in the job and his assistant Steve Wigley has been in caretaker charge since then. "It's quite possible that we'll go into Saturday with the current coaches, with Steve acting as manager," Sexstone told
BBC Radio Bristol.
Hamburg SV sports director Frank Arnesen
, who used to fulfil a similar role at Chelsea, has named himself as coach of the bottom-of-the-table Bundesliga side after attempts to find a suitable long-term replacement for Michael Oenning fell through. "I will take on both jobs until we can find the coach who is best for HSV," the Dane told the
club's official website.
FA Editor for website and programmes Jamie Bradbury on Twitter:
"#EnglandU21s starting XI: Butland, Smith, Briggs, Lowe, Bennett, Dawson, Chamberlain, Henderson (c), Sordell, Lansbury, Barkley"
Alasdair on Twitter:
"Most people predicted that England would get as far as the RWC QF, so why is everyone angry/suprised when we went out?"
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Former England scrum-half Kyren Bracken
calls for the return of World Cup-winning ex-England coach Clive Woodward to the Rugby Football Union. "The RFU are in a right state," said Bracken. "It's horrendous what has been happening off the pitch. How Martyn Thomas is still involved I will never know. Things have to change right from the top. I hope Martin Johnson stays..... Above Johnson it's an absolute mess. There must be a structure. Martin Johnson is on his own in this pool of mayhem above and below him. But I think he is the right man for the job. He has been let down by his players and the management above him."
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More from Jeremy Guscott
on England coach Martin Johnson: "Martin Johnson took this job because he felt he could make a difference. If he can look in the cold light of day and say he has improved the side then he should continue. What Martin Johnson is feeling only he knows. If he continues he's even more under the microscope and it's a bold move I think from the RFU to believe that Martin Johnson can make the changes that are required. For the management I think it's down to Martin Johnson to, as he said, consider his position. If he feels he's strong enough and good enough to go for another four years then that's what he should ask for. I'm a bit like Johnno, still making up my mind - 'should he stay or should he go?'"
Read the full story here.
Former Northern Ireland striker Iain Dowie
says he would welcome the chance to talk to the Irish Football Association when they start looking for Nigel Worthington's successor. "I believe my CV stands up to scrutiny and if the IFA want to have a conversation with me I would be happy to do that," said Dowie.
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have signed St Helens second rower Matty Ashurst
on a three-year contract. Ashurst becomes Reds coach Matt Parish' fourth signing for 2012 and could be joined at the club's new stadium by his Saints team-mate Scott Moore.
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Jeremy Guscott has told
that if England manager Martin Johnson
was operating in the business world then he would be unlikely to stay in his role. "As a player he was all about winning and as a coach you'd like to think he was the same - in that regard he's come up short," said Guscott of Johnson, who's England side were eliminated from the World Cup in the quarter-finals by France on Saturday.
Nigel Worthington, who is to
step down from his position as Northern Ireland manager
after Tuesday night's final Euro 2012 qualifier against Italy, on BBC Radio 5 live: "It is an attractive job, but it is also a difficult one because of a lack of numbers to choose from and the fact you can count on one hand the number of players you have available from the Premier League. It's not for me to say who should get the job, but whoever it is will have my full backing."
Australian fast bowler Brett Lee
will take no part in the Twenty20 and one-day components of his country's current tour of South Africa after being diagnosed with appendicitis. Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris revealed the 34-year-old is liekly to return in "six to eight weeks".
Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter
says playing for his county in the
recent Champions League Twenty20 tournament
will help him when England starts its limited overs series against India on Friday. The 23-year-old said there is "no better preparation for a tough series" like the five one-day games against world champion India, though the "the tempo will be different" compared to Twenty20 cricket.
The Press Association reports that Russian big spenders Anzhi Makhachkala
are lining up swoops for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, Chelsea forward Nicolas Anelka and Brazilian attacker Neymar, according to player-coach Roberto Carlos. Carlos also claimed his club are targeting Paris St Germain star Nene.
Liverpool Echo's Neil Jones on Twitter:
"Andre Marriner appointed to referee Liverpool v Manchester Utd on Saturday. Marriner refereed LFC v MUFC in October 2009 (2-0). Sent Vidic and Mascherano off. Alex Ferguson was critical of him afterwards."
Manchester City have become the first Premier League club to sign a content deal with YouTube
reports The Next Web.
"The ability to extend our reach and to increase accessibility to audiences is great," said the club's Head of Digital Richard Ayers.
West Brom striker Simon Cox has been given the nod to lead the line for the Republic of Ireland
their Euro 2012 qualifier on Tuesday
in the absence of the injured Robbie Keane. A draw will see Giovanni Trappatoni's side into the play-offs. Republic team v Armenia:
Given (capt); O'Shea, Dunne, St Ledger, Kelly; Duff, Whelan, Andrews, McGeady; Doyle, Cox.
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have signed former Hull KR full-back or threequarter Ben Cockayne on a 12-month deal.
Jade Moore has been handed a first call-up to the England
squad by manager Hope Powell
for the Euro 2013 qualifier
against the Netherlands
in Zwolle on 27 October.
Striker Robbie Keane
is out of the Republic of Ireland's
Euro 2012 qualifier against Armenia
on Tuesday night through injury.
American Andy Roddick
says the top men's players may still meet this week in Shanghai to discuss
their grievances with the ATP tour,
despite the absence of Novak Djokovic
and Roger Federer
, report AP.
Former British champion James DeGale
says he is refreshed and ready to go this Saturday night in his European Super-Middleweight title fight against Pole Piotr Wilczewski
, who has only lost once in 30 fights and is ranked number two by the WBO. "I've had a good rest and returned back stronger than ever and I'm just looking forward to getting in the ring again and winning the European title," said DeGale,
who lost to George Groves in May.
BBC Sport's Ollie Williams
tweets from Tokyo:
"World Gymnastics: Goose cooked. British men finish 10th, out of team final, do not qualify for London 2012. 1 Japan, 2 US, 3 China."
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Frank Keogh tweets:
"Unbeaten Frankel will face up to nine rivals in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday. The other entries are Excelebration, Bullet Train, Dick Turpin, Dubawi Gold, Poet's Voice, Rio de la Plata, Cityscape, Immortal Verse and Side Glance."
statement released by the Irish FA,
adds: "I understand their frustration over the last three games; but when you look at the incident in the Serbia game and the game away to Estonia, and then the game at home against Estonia, this is the fine line in football."
"I have had four-and-a-half fantastic years working with the
Irish Football Association
and a lot of hard work has been put in by many people over this time to help improve Northern Ireland football," says Worthington
. "I feel it is only right to give the Association and players the opportunity and time to move forward and that is why I have decided that Tuesday night's game will be my last in charge."
Nigel Worthington confirms he will step down as Northern Ireland
manager after Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Italy.
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danny_mac on Twitter:
"England's Rugby League team includes seven Leeds players. Looks like they've gone for players on form, but will it make a difference?"
BBC Sport's Ollie Williams
tweets from Tokyo:
"China, a third of way through their qualification, yet to set world (gymnastics) on fire. But they'll still knock Great Britain out. A matter of time."
TMS producer Adam Mountford
tweets from India:
fit for warm-up game tomorrow. Jos Buttler
to train with England in India but not."
More from Alison: "It's a set back for GB, after
finishing seventh in their first ever world final
in 2010, and if/when they are knocked out they'll have to go to the Olympic Test event at the O2 Arena in January to try to secure their place. Dan Purvis
CAN still seal an individual spot with a medal in the All Around, but Olympic bronze medallist Louis Smith
can't. He's in the Pommel Final, but because he only competes on one apparatus, he's relying on the Team place to get through. Sam Oldham
, meanwhile, has been bumped out of the All Around final here as well."
BBC Sport's Alison Mitchell in Tokyo: "It looks as if Great Britain's men
have failed to secure a Team place at London 2012 via the World Championships.
GB have been knocked down into eighth position by Russia
- and barring an unthinkable upset, they'll be bumped out of contention during the next session by China, who are the reigning four-time world champions."
British Cycling performance manager Shane Sutton
adds: "Rebecca's decision to leave is a great loss to the team and it's a shame to lose an Olympic Champion going into the Olympic year. Looking ahead, we have some great young talent in addition to experienced riders in the Team Pursuit squad and I'm confident we can remain on track to hit our performance targets in the lead up to and during the London Olympic Games."
won gold in the individual pursuit
at the 2008 Beijing Games, says: "Having suffered several setbacks at crucial points, I believe I'm no longer on a pathway which will see me fulfil my Olympic ambition to win a second Olympic gold medal. I'm proud to have contributed to the cycling team's great Olympic triumph in Beijing and I thank all the amazing people within British Cycling who were central to my success. I wish my current team mates every success in London next year."
British Cycling confirms that Rebecca Romero
has left the Olympic Programme.
BBC Sport's Ollie Williams
tweets from Tokyo:
"Britain's men down to eighth with China still to come in World Gymnastics qualifying. GB all but certain to finish outside top eight
now. Which means get booking tickets to the Olympic test event in Jan - on sale 17 Nov. That is now GB men's second/last chance to reach Games."
England striker Wayne Rooney
will find out this week how many Euro 2012 matches he will miss for kicking an opponent against Montenegro.
say its disciplinary panel will study the England forward's case at a meeting on Thursday and consider increasing his mandatory one-match ban.
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are hopeful that fly-half Rhys Priestland and lock Luke Charteris will be fit for Saturday's World Cup semi-final against France, report
the Press Association.
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midfielder Tom Cleverley
signs a new four-year contract which will keep him at Old Trafford until 2015,
the club confirm.
BBC Sport's Nick Hope
"Heading to Lord's for final day of the @London2012 archery test event. No GB interest - shall be asking what the results mean for @archerygb."
0941 FOOTBALL Aston Villa
players must live within a 30-mile radius of Villa's Bodymoor Heath training ground under a new club rule, reports
the Birmingham Mail.
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StockholmRob on Twitter:
will be underdogs v Wales
leaving Wales a good bet for the Rugby World Cup Final! Amazing days for the Welsh."
World number three Rory McIlroy
is targeting at least one more win this season ahead of several big tournaments including the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, the Hong Kong Open and the Dubai World Championship. "My last two tournaments, I've finished second in both,"
said the Northern Irishman.
"If I could win one of those three [big tournaments] or even two of them... I feel as if I'm playing well enough."
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supernaturalbro on Twitter:
"Fabio Capello risks alienating Wayne Rooney with his plan to leave him out of the England team in run up to 2012. #bbcsportsday
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Ireland's Alain Rolland and South Africa's Craig Joubert will referee the World Cup
semi-finals. Rolland, in charge for the 2007 World Cup final, will preside over Wales v France
, with Joubert in charge of New Zealand v Australia.
BBC Sport's Ollie Williams
tweets from Tokyo:
"France move ahead of Great Britain
in World Gymnastics men's team qualifying. GB now 7th,
China, Russia, Korea left. GB now v unlikely to reach 2012 here. Important to clarify: British men can still qualify at the test event in London in January. But a big hassle/distraction to 2012 build-up."
A tough 2011 season for Tiger Woods
took a turn for the bizarre when a spectator breached security at the Frys.com Open in California -
to throw a hot dog in his direction.
A look, then, at our top stories...
Three tales from
Monday's gossip column:
are ready to offer striker Carlos Tevez
an escape from his Manchester City
nightmare. (Mirror) Manchester United
are facing competition from AC Milan in the race for promising Santos midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso
. (Metro) Tottenham
are plotting a move to lure Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand
to White Hart Lane. (Caughoffside.com)