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Sportsday Live - Wednesday 12 October

Sportsday Live featuring the latest on the government's call for FA reforms, Liverpool's reported desire for a breakaway TV deal and more.

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2200: FOOTBALL - That's it for today's Sportsday Live. Join us again tomorrow at 0800 BST.

2154: FOOTBALL - England U16's have kicked off their defence of the Victory Shield with a 3-1 win over Northern Ireland. A goal from Conor Hunte and a second-half brace for Mason Bennett wrapping up the win.

2144: FOOTBALL - Tranmere have beaten Accrington Stanley 1-0 in the re arranged Johnstone's Paint Trophy second round tie. Ash Taylor with the only goal of the game in the 39th minute.

2137: FOOTBALL - Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says he will not take a "dangerous" risk on the fitness of Emmanuel Adebayor ahead of Sunday's Premier League match at Newcastle. The on-loan Manchester City striker has been struggling with a hamstring strain."It's a dangerous one. If he tears it badly, he has got a grade one tear if he makes a real mess of it and he could be out for six or seven weeks. "If he is a doubt, I wouldn't want to risk him. I wouldn't want to lose him long term."

2128: RUGBY WORLD CUP - New Zealand have yet to hit top form at the World Cup, according to utility back Sonny Bill Williams. The All Blacks cruised through their pool, including an impressive demolition of France, before beating Argentina in the last eight. "We haven't played our best footy yet," said Williams, who is fighting for a starting spot in Sunday's semi-final with Australia.

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2108: CARLOS TEVEZ SAGA: - Rory Byers on Twitter "A huge fine is in order, then let him rot in the reserves for the rest of his contract! No-one is bigger than the club". #bbcsportsday #bbcsportsday"

2100: RUGBY WORLD CUP - France scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili is confident he will be fit for Saturday's first semi-final against Wales despite sitting out training for the last three days with a thigh injury picked up in their quarter-final win over England. "I'm fine, things are following their natural course," he said. "I started running again this morning, I'm still in the healing phase but everything's coming along well."

2041: CARLOS TEVEZ SAGA - BBC Sport's Richard Conway tweets: "Tevez categorically refutes the accusation he refused to play for Manchester City." #bbcsportsday

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2037: CARLOS TEVEZ SAGA - BBC Sport's Richard Conway tweets: "BBC Sport understands that Carlos Tevez stands by the statement he made the day after Bayern Munich game." #bbcsportsday #bbcsportsday"

2034: FOOTBALL - Ash Taylor has given Tranmere the lead against Accrington Stanley in the re arranged Johnstone's Paint Trophy second round tie.

2028: FOOTBALL - Sir Alex Ferguson also added" I just don't think about retirement any more. When you've been on the treadmill for so long, 25 years in my case, and my health is good at the moment, it's just a matter of looking forward to being the manager of Manchester United, rather than worrying about Alex Ferguson. "I am enjoying it at the moment. We've got a good young team and a lot of youth at the club as well as some tremendous staff, so the future is good and I can keep enjoying it."

2026: FOOTBALL - Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson tonight received an honorary degree from the University of Manchester to mark his 25 years at the club. On receiving the accolade which also marked his contribution to the city, Sir Alex, who took charge at Old Trafford in November 1986, said: "I think it's always nice to be appreciated and recognised, and getting this recognition is testimony to all the hard work that has gone on at Manchester United in the last 25 years, not just by me, but by everyone at the club."


2021: FOOTBALL - John Terry also added. "But what excites me is the thought of my kids, who are Chelsea through and through, being able to grow up watching the team play in a big stadium. "We're talking about the next generation of kids beyond that as well. It excites me because I know for sure that we can grow. "It's not hidden that other clubs throughout Europe have gone out and bought sites for big stadiums."

2016: FOOTBALL - John Terry has made a plea to Chelsea supporters to back the clubs bid to repurchase the freehold of Stamford Bridge. Blues captain Terry spoke out amid what appeared to be growing opposition to the proposal to buy out Chelsea Pitch Owners (CPO), a plan that is being seen as a precursor to a move to a new 60,000-seater stadium."Obviously, I have great memories of Stamford Bridge.

2006: FOOTBALL - PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor on Carlos Tevez: "They have conducted things in a proper manner and we have kept in touch with the situation with both parties and they feel the evidence, as far as I am aware of, justifies a charge. "That has got to go through a proper procedure, with a person appointed who has not been involved in the enquiry who will have to try to be as objective as possible. There are a number of options to consider but ideally I would like a situation where both parties can walk away from it. "He is back at the club, the transfer window is not open until January, we've got the position of the manager, the position of the player, and to try and make sure both sides of that dispute can keep their head up high."The most extreme option could be termination if the evidence justifies that or it could be a suspension without pay, or it could be a fine, and that could be anything from two weeks up to six weeks, with the approval of the PFA."

1956: FOOTBALL - ' American Dream' a 5 live Sport's special at 2100 BST, looks at how effective US owners of clubs in the English top flight have been, including the Glazers at Manchester United, Randy Lerner at Aston Villa and the Fenway Sports Group at Liverpool.

1947: RUGBY UNION - An independent review of the entire England structure at the Rugby Football Union is to take place in November.

1939: FENCING - Italian Paolo Pizzo wins the epee title at the world championships.

1934: GET INVOLVED - geoffbooker10 tweets: "Would Tevez be upset about being sacked? Doubt it! #bbcsportsday"

1924: GET INVOLVED - IzoAzlion tweets: "Tevez shouldn't wear the shirt again, if it is how we think it is - There are many more that want his opportunity. #bbcsportsday"

1917: FOOTBALL - The Manchester City statement adds: "Carlos [Tevez] will be required to report to [City manager] Roberto Mancini for training on Thursday."

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1913: FOOTBALL - If you have a view on the Carlos Tevez saga then have your say on Sportsday via Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

Breaking news
1906: FOOTBALL - Manchester City state on their website that the club believes there is a case for striker Carlos Tevez to answer for "alleged breaches of contract". They also state that the Argentine "will face disciplinary proceedings and the hearing will be convened shortly".

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1903: ATHLETICS - World champion Mo Farah on Twitter: "Send a tweet to @paulajradcliffe to show support of #historystands. 2moro she defends her WR to #IAAF"

1855: FOOTBALL - Liverpool owner John W Henry admits he knew "virtually nothing" about the club or English football before his Fenway Sports Group [FSG] completed their takeover at Anfield a year ago. "[I knew] very little. We knew virtually nothing about Liverpool Football Club nor EPL [the Premier League]," Henry told the Guardian.

1846: FOOTBALL - Uefa president Michel Platini has praised Poland's preparations for Euro 2012 and said concerns over fellow-host Ukraine's ability to get ready have largely subsided. "At one point, we didn't even know if we were going to hold the European Championships in Ukraine. And then we wondered whether it would be in two stadiums or four. But they've done a great job over recent years and we can now say there are no major problems," he said.

1838: FOOTBALL - Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan has backed manager Craig Levein to lead Scotland into their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign despite the team's failure to reach Euro 2012.

1828: GET INVOLVED - mikiADD tweets: "IMHO I.Ayre makes a good point ala "European position as well " unfortunately the game's awash in money & we're playing catchup" #bbcsportsday"

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1820: GET INVOLVED - ChurchyMillion tweets: "Liverpool MD thinks they deserve more TV revenue than others. How greedy, biased and unfair on other teams is that? Disgrace." #bbcsportsday"

1810: BOXING - French boxer Jean-Marc Mormeck is confident that he can beat current WBA/IBF/WBO title holder Wladimir Klitschko in their heavyweight bout on 10 December. "I have tried to win every championship belt in the past and now I have the chance to get them. I am strong enough to do it, I am a warrior in the ring," he added during a press conference here in Dusseldorf.

Breaking news

1801: FOOTBALL - BBC Radio Sheffield reporter Rob Staton is reporting that Wigan Atheltic goalkeeper Chris Kirkland will join Doncaster Rovers on loan until January.The 30-year-old is expected to make his debut in Friday's Championship game against Leeds United.


1754: FOOTBALL - Manchester United has signed a two-year partnership with Du, the leading mobile telecoms company in the United Arab Emirates.The two-year deal is worth around 2 million pounds, with United providing club content to the Dubai-based company's 5 million mobile customers.


1742: HORSE RACING - Three jockeys have violated British horse racing's new whip rules within the first three days of their introduction. Richard Hughes and Kieren Fox were banned for a combined total of 20 days for overuse of the whip at Windsor on Monday. Natalia Gemelova was given a seven-day suspension for the same reason at Lingfield on Wednesday. Under new rules, jockeys are allowed a maximum eight strokes of the whip in jumps races and seven on the flat, roughly half the level that could be used previously, Gemelova says "I tried my best to stay within the rules, but it's harder than you think."

Breaking news

1740: FORMULA 1 Indian business conglomerate Sahara Group is to invest $100 million in Force India and has taken a 42.5 percent stake in the Formula One team. The new logo of the Sahara Force India F1 Team, as the team will now be called, was jointly unveiled today by Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara and Dr. Vijay Mallya, at a press conference in New Delhi.


1733: GYMNASTICS - Britain's Daniel Purvis and Louis Smith say too much was expected of them after they failed to qualify for the men's team final at this year's World Gymnastics Championships. Smith says he still expects the men's team to qualify for London 2012 through an Olympic test event in January. Purvis will compete in the men's all-around final on Friday, while Smith has made Saturday's pommel horse final.

1726: GET INVOLVED - Gadget3791 tweets: Bad economic climate, clubs are free to spend. Free to raise ticket prices etc. The only winners are the clubs. #bbcsportsday"


1719: FOOTBALL Captain Aaron Ramsey says the Wales squad are "buzzing" following the strong finish to their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. Ramsey says he and his team-mates are brimming with confidence after racking up wins over Montenegro, Switzerland and Bulgaria over the course of the last five weeks. "I thought we showed some great character," he said. "The dressing room is buzzing, the lads are all happy with the way things are going and they have grown into the role and into the style we want to play, so I can't wait to get out there for Wales again.


1709: TENNIS Fourth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga suffered an unexpected defeat in his opening match at the Shanghai Masters. He was beaten 6-7 6-4 6-4 by Japan's Kei Nishikori, who's ranked 47 in the world.

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1652: HORSE RACING - BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght tweets: More #jockey woe: 9 banned for 10 days including AP McCoy; ignored 'stop race' flag, Weth 3-25; stricken horse (not in path); race void.

1648: GET INVOLVED - Have your say on Sportsday Live about the Government's call for FA reforms, Liverpool's reported desire for a breakaway TV deal and more via Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday. We'll use the best messages.

1638: HORSE RACING - Humdrum, owned by Queen Elizabeth II and ridden by Belgian Christophe Soumillon, won the Prix Gris Perle at Maisons-Laffitte. It's the first time a racehorse owned by the Queen has won on French soil in 11 years.

1630: ATHLETICS - A marathon runner has been forced to hand back his medal, after witnesses spotted him taking an unusual shortcut, he caught the bus to the finishing line. Rob Sloan was 20 miles into the Kielder Marathon in Northumberland when he apparently succumbed to temptation and hopped on a bus. He then hid behind a tree until other competitors came into view and rejoined the run to claim third place.

1624: FOOTBALL - Stoke City striker Peter Crouch tells BBC Radio Stoke that he "does not carry much hope" of playing for England again. Crouch has not featured for his country since November 2010 and was not in the squad that travelled to Montenegro. Have your say on Sportsday via Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

Breaking news
1616: FOOTBALL - West Ham's on-loan midfielder David Bentley will be out for up to six months after undergoing knee surgery. "It is a shame for David as he has settled well into the squad," manager Sam Allardyce told the club website.

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1610: GOLF - McLaren Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton on Twitter: "@McIlroyRory You'll have your work cut out improving my game!! Definitely up for it...[round of golf]"

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1603: FOOTBALL - BBC Radio 5 live chief football reporter Ian Dennis on Twitter: "James Quinn and Colin Clarke enter race for NI job but IFA say 'no rush at this point' about successor for Nigel Worthington."

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1555: TENNIS - Britain's Heather Watson tweets: "Good news. My foot has healed well and I will be ready to play in Luxembourg this weekend! Can't wait to get back to competition."

1553: CYCLING - Cavendish 'completes' Team Sky: read Chris Boardman's take on how Sky can get the best out of Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins.

1548: HORSE RACING - BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght tweets: Jockey Cathy Gannon facing lengthy spell on sidelines after fracturing femur (thigh bone) in fall at Nottingham (via @cathygannon353)"

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1538: HORSE RACING - BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght tweets: "#Whip Jockey Natalia Gemelova banned for 7 days and fined fee & % for using whip too much on 2nd placed For Life (Lingfield 3-00)"

1535: RUGBY LEAGUE - Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins re-iterates his commitment to rugby league while speculation continues over his brother Joel's imminent switch of codes.

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1525: FOOTBALL - Geoff Mesher, football finance expert from Grant Thornton accountants, tells BBC Radio 5 Live that Liverpool's foreign TV rights proposal would damage the competitiveness of the Premier League. "Barcelona and Real Madrid sell their own TV rights domestically and overseas," he says. "They earn 12 times as much as the lower clubs in La Liga. I don't think it is entertaining to watch Spanish football where Barcelona and Real Madrid are the only two clubs who can win the league."

1521: FOOTBALL - Chelsea supporters are planning a protest during Saturday's home game with Everton over the club's proposal to buy the Stamford Bridge freehold, reports the Evening Standard.

1516: FA REFORMS - Joint FA, Premier League and Football League statement: "The football authorities are grateful to both the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for the time taken and interest shown in the governance arrangements for football. We shall now take time to consider the Department's response as we formulate what the most appropriate actions might be. The FA, the Premier League, The Football League and representatives of the National Game are already engaged in this process and are committed to keeping the Minister and his Department informed of our progress."

1513: RUGBY UNION - Fran Cotton agrees to chair an independent review of the entire England structure at the Rugby Football Union. Press Association Sport understands Cotton, the former RFU vice-chairman, will lead a two or three-strong panel that will include at least one member with no rugby connections.

1506: FOOTBALL - QPR manager Neil Warnock will meet with chairman Tony Fernandes on Thursday to discuss targets for the January transfer window, reports the Evening Standard.

1501: GET INVOLVED - BordersPaul tweets: "Surely if government steps into #FA reforms England national team will be barred by FIFA for govt intervention? #bbcsportsday"

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1459: GET INVOLVED - anthonyjnoble tweets: "Does the FA reforms (government pushed) go against FIFA & UEFA's government intervention in footballing matters rules? #bbcsportsday"

1456: FOOTBALL - Brazilian police say a group of fans upset with Palmeiras' poor results attacked one of its players outside the team's stadium. Reserve midfielder Joao Vitor was reportedly punched and kicked after being recognised arriving at the team's official merchandise store.

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1447: FORMULA 1 - Lewis Hamilton tweets: "Arrived in Korea this morning after a few days in Tokyo. Played some golf...although I still need more practice! Hows everyone doing?"

1442: TENNIS - Top seed Rafael Nadal beats fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3 6-2 to set up a third-round meeting with Florian Mayer at the Shanghai Masters.

1434: GYMNASTICS - BBC Sport's Ollie Williams reports on a Japanese fall on the high-bar that handed China gold in the men's team final at the world championships.

1428: GET INVOLVED - NickPLittlewood tweets: "#FA reforms. Also stop them wearing blazers. Looks stuffy and symbolises how out of touch they are with reality/modern sport! #bbcsportsday"

1414: GET INVOLVED - Gadget3791 tweets: "How much money do clubs want from football It's a joke what about the fans? I'll tell you what clubs thinks of fans sweet #FA" #bbcsportsday"

1409 FA REFORMS - Supporters Direct, representing supporters' trusts in the UK, on government plans to shake up football governance: "Together the Select Committee's report and the government's response to it appear to give a helpful framework for the football authorities to address the challenges facing football. We believe that well run supporters' trusts can be part of the solution for many clubs."

Breaking news
1402: TENNIS - Briton Andy Murray reaches the third round of the Shanghai Masters without hitting a ball after Dmitry Tursunov pulled out of the event on Wednesday. Murray's first match of the competition will now be against Stanislas Wawrinka.

1354: FOOTBALL - The Danish FA says it wants national coach Morten Olsen to stay on beyond next year's Euro 2012 tournament following their impressive qualification campaign. Olsen's contract runs until the end of June's finals.

1348: CRICKET - Former England captain Alec Stewart tells BBC Sport's Stephan Shemilt which players may thrive in the conditions in India during this winter's one-day series. "Spinner Graeme Swann will have a big part to play because he's a handful anywhere in the world, even against the very best players. England also have more big hitters in their squad from the side that fell in the World Cup quarter-finals, so the performances of Craig Kieswetter, Kevin Pietersen and Jonny Bairstow could be important."

1342: FOOTBALL - Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has defended the Midlands club's decision to make players live closer to the training ground for health reasons. "If you are going to travel over an hour to two hours in the morning in heavy traffic, that's stressful," he told the Premier League website.

1335: FOOTBALL - Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers rules himself out of contention to become the next Northern Ireland manager. "Managing Northern Ireland is something I want to do at some point in my career for sure," he told the South Wales Evening Post. But hopefully that chance will come towards the end of my career, and I hope that won't be for many years yet.

1326: FA REFORMS - The government is more nuanced in its recommendations for reform of the "Football Creditors Rule", the infamous measure that states clubs, leagues and players must be paid first and in full when a team goes bust, while everybody else must settle for pence in the pound. The government calls for a more "appropriate and modern solution" but stops short of saying it will scrap the rule.

1325: FA REFORMS - The FA Board is currently made up of the FA chairman David Bernstein, general secretary Alex Horne and five representatives from the professional game (the Premier League and Football League) and five from the national game (the county FAs). With conflicts of interest and historic feuds usually making this structure unworkable, the government wants the board to be comprised of Bernstein, Horne, two more FA executives, two independent directors, two from the leagues and two from the counties.

1321: FA REFORMS - The government identifies three "immediate priorities" for action at the Football Association: a complete restructuring of the FA Board, the implementation of an FA-administered licensing system for the professional game and significant changes to the make-up and processes of the "football's parliament", the FA Council.

1316: GET INVOLVED - Have your say on Sportsday Live about the Government's call for FA reforms, Liverpool's reported desire for a breakaway TV deal and more via Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday. We'll use the best messages.

1311: FORMULA 1 - McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale backs Lewis Hamilton to improve significantly next season, telling BBC Sport: "We are very confident that Lewis will be firing on all cylinders again and we are just trying to give him a car to get the job done. We can all turn around and say 'where's Lewis?' but the reality is he is a really quick driver who gives everything."

1303: FOOTBALL - The Football Association will reveal later on Wednesday who England's opponents will be for a friendly on 15 November. A match against Spain on the 12 November has already been announced.

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1258 GYMNASTICS BBC Sport's Ollie Williams tweets from Tokyo: "World Gymnastics: China win men's team final after two dramatic high-bar falls for Japan at the death. Japan somehow keep silver. US bronze."

1251: FOOTBALL - Are the Glazer family, John W Henry, Stan Kroenke and other American owners of Premier League clubs doing a good job? BBC Radio 5 live Sport will discuss that very question in a 90-minute programme on Wednesday at 2100 BST. They've interviewed financial analysts, marketing gurus and other influential figures. They've also spoken to England striker Darren Bent about Randy Lerner's impact at Aston Villa.

1246: TENNIS - Fourth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is knocked out of the Shanghai Masters with a 6-7 (1-7) 6-4 6-4 second-round defeat by Kei Nishikori of Japan.

1240: CYCLING - Chris Boardman gives BBC Sport his views on Mark Cavendish joining Bradley Wiggins at Team Sky: "Their biggest challenge is going to be how to manage so many chiefs. I genuinely don't know how they are going to balance it and I don't think anybody does. The challenge is going to be how you prioritise your men and I think compromise is going to come into it."

1232: FOOTBALL - Derby County boss Nigel Clough says he is on the verge of signing a new deal. Clough's contract expires at the end of the season and he has been linked with a move to managerless local rivals Nottingham Forest. But he told BBC East Midlands Today: "I am happy at Derby and am looking to forward to securing the long-term future of me and my backroom staff."

Breaking news
1230: BREAKING FOOTBALL - Football authorities have until March 2012 to implement sweeping changes to the way the sport is run or face the threat of government intervention. A deadline of 29 February has been set for the Football Association to overhaul its board and bring in a new licensing system for the club game. Failure to do so will result in government legislation.

1220: GET INVOLVED - NickPLittlewood tweets: "No bold targets for British Tennis eh? Very appropriate given that it's infamous for immeasurable levels of long-term failure." #bbcsportsday"

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1214: FOOTBALL - BBC sports editor David Bond on Twitter: "Government backs culture select committee's report on football governance. No surprise as ministers set up inquiry in first place."

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1208: GYMNASTICS - BBC Sport's Ollie Williams on Twitter at the World Gymnastics Championships: "China and Japan just had equivalent of shootout at OK Corral on bar and p-bars. China won it. But not men's team title, yet. One piece to go." There is live coverage on the BBC Sport website.

1201: FOOTBALL - United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been backed by the chief of the national federation as he focuses on long-term changes rather than short-term results. "Part of the attraction, obviously, is he's an innovative guy and wants to try things, not necessarily only things that have a 50-year track record of success, but some new things," said USSF president Sunil Gulati.

1155: FOOTBALL - You can also watch a bizarre goal as Oldham beat MK Dons 2-1, on the BBC Sport website [UK users only].

1149: FOOTBALL - There are highlights of Spain 3-1 Scotland available to watch on the BBC Sport website [UK users only].

1142: GET INVOLVED - kernus123 tweets: "One of the PL's great attractions is that David can beat Goliath, if only the rich get richer, we lose those special moments." #bbcsportsday"

1135: RUGBY UNION - Wales Rugby Union president Dennis Gethin tells BBC sports news correspondent Dan Roan it will be one of the "greatest days in his nation's history" if Wales can beat France to make the World Cup final.

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1128: GET INVOLVED - JonathanNorth tweets: "Ian Ayre wants a pay system like La Liga which would only widen the gap between the big 4/5 from the others. Absolute no go." #bbcsportsday"

1123: BOXING - British heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will fight Canadian Neven Pajkic for the Commonwealth title in Manchester in November.

1117: FOOTBALL - The first leg of the Euro 2012 play-offs will be played on 11 and 12 November, with the return legs on 15 November. The draw for next year's finals is on 2 December in Kiev.

1112: FORMULA 1 - Renault driver Bruno Senna ahead of this weekend's Korean Grand Prix: "My memories of last year's event are not great [driving for Hispania]. I had suspension failure in practice and then I had a very difficult race with the rain, safety car and the red flag. It was a very difficult way to learn a new track and certainly an eventful weekend. This year will be like starting afresh."

1105: GET INVOLVED - aishyv1 tweets: "Most #LFC fans wont support Ian Ayre. He may have the interests of the club in mind but it goes against Shankly's philosophy." #bbcsportsday"

1058: FOOTBALL - Germany coach Joachim Loew does not believe that no other team bar his and Spain will win Euro 2012. "What bothers me is that in the past few weeks there is only talk about a duel between Germany and Spain," he said. "It won't necessarily come to such a duel. There are other nations who are every good."

1051: FOOTBALL - The Republic of Ireland, Portugal, Croatia and the Czech Republic will be the seeded teams in Thursday's draw for the Euro 2012 play-offs, Uefa has announced.

Live action now
1048: GYMNASTICS - If you're in UK, you can watch live coverage of the men's team final at the World Gymnastics Championships.

1042: ATHLETICS - Former marathon world-record holder Haile Gebrselassie, 38, will compete in the inaugural Great Birmingham Run on Sunday 23 October.

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1036: RUGBY UNION - Radio Wales Sport presenter Steffan Garrero on Twitter: "Is it just me or are the same people who were complaining Hook didn't start and Jones wasn't in 22 last week now 'worried' about Priestland?"

1029: GET INVOLVED - IainFK tweets: "Think Rio should follow Vidic's lead. Cool head used to be his biggest strength now its his biggest weakness. Future is here." #bbcsportsday"

1022: GET INVOLVED - anthonyjnoble tweets: "How Liverpool can support a system that, in Spain, has left half the top league in administration is beyond me!Not a good plan! #bbcsportsday"

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1018: CRICKET - BBC Test Match Special producer Adam Mountford on Twitter: "Jonathan Trott says England's batting selection headache is 'healthy' for England. 'No point looking over your shoulder, have to look ahead.'"

1010: FOOTBALL - Former Scotland international John Collins on Sky Sports News: "I think Scotland have improved and are harder to beat. In the World Cup group, we don't have the world champions Spain. It'll be a close group, but we'll have a chance."

0957: FOOTBALL - Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is set to retire from international football with Serbia, along with Inter midfielder Dejan Stankovic. Vidic missed a penalty in last night's 1-0 defeat to Slovenia and said: "Its time for a change of generations and for some older players to say goodbye to the Serbian jersey."

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0953: FOOTBALL - Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Getting ready for the massive game this weekend vs LFC,..our support is always lively at Anfield! sing ya hearts out for the lads as per!"

0948: FOOTBALL - Everton midfielder Tim Cahill has backed his side to pick up a result at Chelsea on Saturday. He said: "When we are up against it we seem to shine a bit and try and fight our way out of a corner."

0936: AMERICAN FOOTBALL - The NFL agreed overnight to continue laying a regular season game in Britain for the next five years. This season's match between the Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers takes place at Wembley on 23 October.

0926: FOOTBALL - Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre tells BBC Radio Merseyside that Premier League clubs must be allowed to negotiate their own overseas TV deals. He says: "While we must be careful to maintain the integrity of the Premier League we have to maintain our position in Europe as well."

0917: GET INVOLVED - JohnHiley tweets: "ROI are seeded in Pot 1 for the play-offs, so will play their 2nd leg at home. Turkey and Bosnia surely the teams to avoid? #bbcsportsday"

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0914: GET INVOLVED - baroncoathanger tweets: "Embarrassed that my club [Liverpool] support an approach that has the potential to isolate poorer clubs from share of the money. #bbcsportsday"

0857: FORMULA 1 - Toro Rosso hand 21-year-old Jean-Eric Vergne the chance to drive in first practice for this weekend's Korean Grand Prix. The Frenchman will take over Jaime Alguersuari's car for the 90-minute session.

0853: RUGBY UNION - Fly-half Rhys Priestland looks likely to miss Wales' World Cup semi-final against France in Auckland on Saturday, BBC Sport Wales understands.

Twitter
0846: GET INVOLVED - textpolygons tweets: "Given the amounts of money involved, individual deals will widen the £££ gap in English football at the expense of competition. #bbcsportsday"

0843: DRUGS IN SPORT - the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority says it recorded more doping violations in the past year than at any time since it was established in 2006. ASADA says 42 athletes recorded doping violations in the 2010-2011 year from 7,090 tests.

0841: GET INVOLVED - Have your say on Sportsday Live about the Euro 2012 qualifiers, Liverpool's reported desire for a breakaway TV deal, Carlos Tevez, Mark Cavendish, British tennis and more via Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday. We'll use the best messages.

0833: FOOTBALL - In case you missed it, Scotland failed to qualify for a Euro 2012 play-off place on Tuesday after being beaten by Spain, but the Republic of Ireland beat Armenia to seal second place in Group B, while Wales saw off Bulgaria and Italy strolled past Northern Ireland. Craig Burley, Gabriele Marcotti and John Murray reflect on all of the Euro 2012 qualifying action in the latest 5 live Football Daily podcast.

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0829: FOOTBALL - Former Scotland manager Craig Brown tells BBC Radio 5 live: "This [Scottish] team at the moment is good enough to qualify for the 2014 World Cup."

0826: GYMNASTICS - If you're in UK, you can now watch highlights of Tuesday's World Gymnastics women's team final. If not, read Ollie Williams' report from Tokyo.

0818: FOOTBALL - Carlos Tevez lands at Heathrow airport ahead of his expected return to training with Manchester City on Thursday following a two-week suspension.

0813: TENNIS - Leon Smith promises there will be no bold targets set during his tenure as the Lawn Tennis Association's head of men's and women's tennis. Smith tells BBC Sport: "What I've learned is not to give targets. We've done that before - it's not the way to go. If we focus on the process, these could be exciting times."

0805: FOOTBALL - Leading Premier League clubs should be able to negotiate their own overseas TV rights, Liverpool's managing director Ian Ayre tells the Guardian. "Is it right that the international rights are shared equally between all the clubs? What we are doing is disadvantaging ourselves against top European clubs," he says.

0800: FOOTBALL - Three tales from Wednesday's gossip column:
Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in Plymouth's 16-year-old winger Matt Lecointe(Daily Mirror). Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez could find out on Wednesday that the club want him suspended for another four weeks (the Sun). And West Ham could still end up owning the Olympic Stadium despite the Government's announcement that the deal for the club to buy it had collapsed (the Times).



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FA told to change or be changed
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Liverpool want breakaway TV deal
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No more bold targets - LTA chief
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